1/17 Cubs and Russell

The Cubs have reportedly avoided arbitration with reliever James Russell, and reached a contract agreement. According to reports, Russell signed a $1.775 million deal with the Cubs.

The Cubs were apparently unable to reach agreements with Jeff Samardzija, Travis Wood, Darwin Barney, Pedro Strop, and Justin Ruggiano by Friday’s deadline, and the two sides will exchange salary figures. Players and the team will continue to negotiate. Arbitration hearings are scheduled for Feb. 1-21 if no settlement is reached before then.

— Carrie Muskat

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