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Old Feb 1st 2010, 11:35 am
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Cubs may be headed to first arbitration in 17 year

Cubs may be headed to first arbitration in 17 years with Theriot
February 1, 2010, 10:30 AM

In a departure from business as usual for the Chicago Cubs, the team may very well be headed to their first arbitration hearing in 17 years.

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Ryan Theriot has asked for $3.4 million and the Cubs have offered $2.6 million.



Negotiations to settle on a figure between the $3.4 million Ryan Theriot has asked for and the club's number of $2.6 million have failed. Closer Carlos Marmol's contract has not been settled yet, however sources say that an amicable conclusion to his situation should take place before there's a hearing.
Major League Baseball will assign hearing dates for teams and players who have not resolved their arbitration disputes before February 20. In these cases, an independent arbitrator presides over a hearing where both sides present their cases and explain why the arbitrator should side with them. The arbitrator must choose either the team's number or the player's figure. He's not allowed to award anything in between the two numbers.
Since the numbers were posted, it is believed that the Cubs offered a number above the $2.6 million they're taking to arbitration. To this point, Theriot's camp has not moved off its asking price. If the case goes to a hearing, Theriot's agents will provide numbers to support the fact that the Cubs' starting shortstop since 2007 had career highs in games played and RBIs in 2009. The Cubs will counter with negative stats that show an increase in strikeouts (93 in '09, 58 in '08) and a decline in walks (51 in '09, 73 in '08). The 30-year old Louisiana native also had a career-high in errors with 15, although, in support of Theriot, his range seemed to improve last season which would indicate he's getting to more balls.
With injuries to key players like Aramis Ramirez and Alfonso Soriano, it was obvious that Theriot changed his hitting approach at times, trying to drive in more runs. Theriot led the team with 51 multi-hit games and 21 stolen bases. He was also second on the team with 81 runs scored.
The Cubs last went to arbitration in 1993 with first baseman Mark Grace. At that time the arbitrator chose the team's figure over Grace's number.
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Its funny, alot of writers (like the Bruces) don't have the greatest things to say about Ryan's personality.

That said, sign him if you can. $3 million is about a league average shortstop, although the Cubs certainly have plenty of evidence to win this case.

His second-half numbers were the worst on the team.
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Theriot will be making a big mistake if he takes this to arbritration. He should be thankful that there is a team at the ML level that he is the starting shortstop. His lack of range defensively and lack of being none other than a slap hitter will hurt him in free agency. He's been the starting shortstop for three years, but he still wears down in August and September when they need him most.
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Theriot has a good chance too. If it was me I would play the Miles card. If they were to pay $3 mill for that , what is Theriot worth ? Another bite in the ass from another bad contract.
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Theriot has a good chance too. If it was me I would play the Miles card. If they were to pay $3 mill for that , what is Theriot worth ? Another bite in the ass from another bad contract.
Sorry Lee, Miles is a switch-hitter, has a World Series Ring, and approval as a player from TLR, three intangibles that are unmeasureable and invaluable in the baseball open market.
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The way I looked at this was Theriot was asking for something that was in the ball park of the other SS. Ryan probably feels like he should have been making a few more dollars in the previous seasons but.... he is the one who signed the contract. When you look at some of the contracts that the Cub's have handed out talk about charity. Soriano & Fukudome would come to mind. He came up through the system and I would think it is the Cub's time to pay.

Comparing apples to oranges:
Corey Hart from the Milwaukee Brewers won his arbitration case. I know that Hart is an outfielder but in looking at offensive numbers:
Hart hit .260 with 12 homers and 48 RBIs last season.
Here is what he was awarded on Friday:
Hart was awarded a raise from $3.25 million to $4.8 million by a panel of arbitrators on Friday instead of the Brewers' offer of $4.15 million.
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