Farnsworth, Cubs agree to $1.4 million deal

Updated: February 11, 2004, 7:22 PM ET

CHICAGO -- Reliever Kyle Farnsworth and the Chicago Cubs agreed Wednesday to a $1.4 million, one-year contract and avoided a salary arbitration hearing next week.

Farnsworth, who appeared in 77 games last season while striking out 92 in 76 1-3 innings, had asked for $1.7 million, while the Cubs countered with an offer of $1.1 million. The 27-year-old right-hander made $600,000 last season, when he went 3-2 with a 3.30 ERA.

"We had a very fair negotiation. I don't think either side thought it would come to" a hearing, Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said.

The 6-foot-4 Farnsworth is known for his fastball that has been clocked in the 100 mph range. He will be entering his sixth season with the Cubs.

The Cubs have bolstered their bullpen in the offseason with the addition of Kent Mercker and La Troy Hawkins to go with Farnsworth, lefty Mike Remlinger and closer Joe Borowski.

"We feel good about the moves we made in the winter," Hendry said.

One job still to be settled in spring training is that of a long reliever. Juan Cruz could be a candidate for that spot instead of the rotation -- if the Cubs sign Greg Maddux.

Hendry, who spoke earlier this week with Maddux's agent, Scott Boras, said there were no major developments between the sides Wednesday.

Last month, the Cubs made a two-year offer said to be worth between $10 million and $12 million. The four-time Cy Young Award winner began his career with Chicago.

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