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Get Yer Figures!
by Derek Smart
As noted in the Daily Herald and Sun-Times this morning, today is the day teams and players who are arb-eligible and have yet to reach an agreement must file the salary figures they could potentially do battle over. As of now, the gents who could find themselves beginning the process are Mark Prior, Carlos Zambrano, Juan Pierre, Jerry Hairston, and Will Ohman.
Of course, since the current regime has famously yet to go to a hearing with a player, it's also a non-event in Cubland, beyond the fact that we'll all have a more concrete idea of what the overall payroll will look like tomorrow morning. So since there's very little suspense to be had, I'll make a feeble attempt at manufacturing some: in the comments below, list each player, the day you think they'll sign, and for what amount. Whoever is closest in total dollars, with the dates (in total days from the day of signing) acting as the tiebreaker, will receive...oh, let's say...the people's ovation and fame forever. My guesses: