From the Chicago Cubs Media Dept comes the word that the Cubs will not be going to arbitration after all with Michael Wuertz.

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs and right-handed pitcher Michael Wuertz have agreed to terms on a one-year contract for the 2008 campaign, thus avoiding salary arbitration. Terms of the deal were one year, $860,000.

Wuertz, 29, last season ranked second in the National League by stranding 33-of-38 inherited runners, an 86.8-percent success rate that trailed only teammate Carlos Marmol (87.8 percent success rate) for best in the National League. The righthander went 2-3 with a 3.48 ERA (28 ER/72.1 IP) in 73 relief appearances, second-most on the club behind Bob Howry (78 appearances).

A member of the Cubs organization since being selected in the 11th round of the 1997 June Draft, Wuertz is 12-6 with one save and a 3.56 ERA (86 ER/217.2 IP) in 220 relief appearances since making his major league debut in 2004. He has 240 strikeouts in 217.2 innings pitched, an average of 9.9 strikeouts per nine innings.

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