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Gaudin, Cotts & Johnson Agree to Terms; 3 Cubs Left to Sign Before Arbitration

So much for the theory that Chad Gaudin would be non-tendered. The reliever signed for the 2009 season, avoiding arbitration.

With Gaudin's re-signing, it give the Cubs another arm in the bullpen and a versatile one at that.

Gaudin could be used anywhere from late-inning setup role to spot starting if need be.

It's not the big name move some folks want, but it looks like Hendry is content with the pitching staff for the most part.

Here's the official release from the Cubs.

Update: Sullivan says the Cubs offered arbitration to five players:

The Cubs re-signed pitcher Chad Gaudin to a one-year, $2 million deal on Friday and offered arbitration to Kevin Gregg, Michael Wuertz, Neal Cotts, Reed Johnson and Ronny Cedeno.

Update No. 2:  Neal Cotts signs.  Al has been kind enough to pass along the release from the Cotts signing, as well.  Scroll down for the text.

Update No. 3: Reed Johnson signs. See Al's post here for more details.

Financial terms for all 3 players, courtesy of this link from Cubs.com:

...Johnson signed a $3 million contract, and he could platoon in center with Kosuke Fukudome...Gaudin, who inked a one-year, $2 million contract ... went 9-5 with a 4.40 ERA for the season ... Cotts, 28, who agreed to a one-year, $1.1 million deal, went 0-2 with a 4.29 ERA in 50 relief appearances for the Cubs in 2008. He and Sean Marshall are the only left-handers in the bullpen as of now, but the team has hinted strongly that it would like to get Marshall into the rotation.

With 3 Cubs possibly facing arbitration, it's worth noting that Hendy has never gone to arbitration during his tenure.

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