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Marmol only player left in arbitration

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM

The depth of the Cubs’ payroll cuts in the second year of the Ricketts family’s ownership is in greater focus after the team cleared most of its arbitration cases and announced agreements with all but one arbitration-eligible player as the deadline approached to exchange figures.

The remaining unsigned arbitration-eligible player, closer Carlos Marmol, is discussing a potential multiyear deal with the team. Though arbitration numbers have been filed, sources say that neither side anticipates a hearing, even if the parties end up settling on a one-year deal.

Marmol formally filed a 2011 salary figure of $5.65 million; the Cubs countered at $4.1 million.

Right-hander Matt Garza agreed to a one-year, $5.95 million deal; lefty setup man Sean Marshall agreed to a two-year, $4.7 million deal; and lefty starter Tom Gorzelanny agreed to a one-year, $2.1 million deal just ahead of his trade to the Washington Nationals becoming final, pending a physical today.

Including Marmol’s projected salary, easily attained incentive bonuses built into reliever Kerry Wood’s $1.5 million deal and another $8 million or so to pre-arbitration players and minor-league free agents who might make the team (such as outfielder Reed Johnson), the Cubs’ 25-man Opening Day payroll figures to be just more than $130 million. That would represent roughly a 10 percent cut from the opening total last season.

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