Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010
Early Saturday morning shortstop Ryan Theriot lost his arbitration case with the Cubs. He will make 2.6 million this season.
That didn't stop "The Riot" from arriving three days early to Spring Training. Theriot hit the batting cage at Fitch Park saying there were no hard feelings on his part.
"I never felt like I was owed anything, this is a privilege to be able to come in here and do this every day. There are millions of people who would love to do it. From that point of view, whatever you get is great," he said.
Theriot was asking for 3.4 million and will be getting a big raise considering he made 500,000 last year. Three arbitrators made the decision after more then four hours of talk in Florida from both sides on Friday.
It's the Cubs first arbitration case since Mark Grace lost back in 1993 and their first under Jim Hendry, who says it won't effect his relationship with Theriot.
"There wasn't an adversarial attitude to it," Hendry said.
The Cubs are now 4-2 in franchise history when it comes to arbitration cases, Hall of Famer Bruce Sutter and shortstop Shawon Dunston are the only two players to win. Theriot's case was the last of eight in Major League Baseball this season, with the teams winning five of those hearings.
By the way, after four straight days of great weather in Mesa, a storm blew through on Saturday cutting the Cubs workout a little short. The temperature dropped to 50 degrees with rain, but the Cubs still got most of their conditioning work done before the storm hit.
Luke Stuckmeyer covers the Cubs for Comcast SportsNet.