Cubs pitchers Jeff Samardzija and James Russell agreed to one-year contracts Friday, thus avoiding arbitration.
Samardzija will receive $2.64 million with $125,000 in performance bonuses, while Russell will earn $1.075 million.
A source said Samardzija turned down a five-year deal. Samardzija only admitted to talking about a multi-year deal.
"We have three years to figure out what we want to do," he said.
Samardzija won't be eligible for free agency until after the 2015 season.
Samardzija and Russell avoid arbitration
Chicago Tribune | Jan 19