{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

Zambrano agrees to one-year contract

Zambrano agrees to one-year deal

|
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs wrapped up their final arbitration case on Saturday and signed pitcher Carlos Zambrano to a one-year, $6.5 million contract.

Zambrano, 24, got a significant raise. He made $3.76 million last season when he led the Cubs with 14 wins. Zambrano established career highs in starts (33), innings pitched (223 1/3) and strikeouts (202). The right-hander had asked for $7.2 million, while the Cubs countered with an offer of $6 million.

The Cubs had five players who were arbitration-eligible -- Zambrano, Mark Prior, Juan Pierre, Will Ohman and Jerry Hairston Jr. -- and were able to reach agreement with all five without needing a hearing. Cubs general manager Jim Hendry and team president Andy MacPhail have never gone to arbitration with a player.

Zambrano, who will likely pitch for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic, was expected to report with the rest of the Cubs pitchers and catchers on Wednesday in Mesa, Ariz., for the start of Spring Training.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

{}
{}
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español