Heading into Friday afternoon’s deadline for teams and players to exchange arbitration figures, there was more than a little fear that the Cubs would run into a snag or three. With the team’s purported budget issues looming in the background, they had to try to settle on salary terms with seven players who all brought unique circumstances to the party. And that’s before you even weigh Addison Russell, whose domestic violence suspension and disappointing play presented a whole ‘nother ball of wax.
It had been reported by ESPN’s Jeff Passan that all 30 MLB teams would be employing the file-and-trial process by which a team presents a number and then stick with it even if it means going to arbitration. Setting aside the stench of collusive activity wafting from such widespread behavior, going before the arb panel with a couple players wouldn’t have been a good look for a Cubs team that is already attempting to wrangle various other PR gremlins at every turn.
Source:: Cubs Insider