CHICAGO -- Right-hander Michael Wuertz and the Chicago Cubs
agreed Monday on an $860,000, one-year contract and avoided salary
Wuertz stranded 33 of 38 inherited runners (86.8 percent),
second in the NL behind teammate Carlos Marmol (87.8 percent),
while going 2-3 with a 3.48 ERA in 73 relief appearances. Wuertz is
12-6 with one save and a 3.56 ERA in 220 relief appearances since
making his major league debut in 2004.
He had asked for a raise from $415,000 to $975,000 in
arbitration and had been offered $750,000. Wuertz was the last
Cubs' player eligible for arbitration.
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