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Cubs avoid arbitration with Zach Davies

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The newly-acquired pitcher is signed.

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Just one unsigned arb-eligible Cub after this signing:

MLB Trade Rumors had Zach Davies’ signing range between $6.3 million and $10.6 million, so this is right around the midpoint.

With this signing and the others reported Friday, just one arb-eligible Cub remains unsigned: Ian Happ. I’ll post info about Happ if and when it’s available.

Below is some language I’m going to put in all the articles about Cubs 2021 arb player contracts, so bear with me, you’ll likely read it again.

Players and teams can still settle on a contract figure before going to an arb hearing, even if they exchanged figures Friday and didn’t settle. The last Cub to go to an arb hearing with the team was Justin Grimm in 2018. The Cubs “won” that when the arbitrator awarded Grimm the Cubs’ offer of $2.2 million instead of Grimm’s request of $2.475 million. Then the Cubs saved more money on Grimm by releasing him just before the date when they’d have had to pay him a larger portion of his contract.

“As always, we await developments.”