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Cubs reach agreement with 5 arbitration players; Jake Arrieta among 2 left

Closer Hector Rondon signed a $4.2 million deal to avoid arbitration.

The Cubs reached agreements with most of their arbitration-eligible players before salary figures were exchanged Friday, including closer Hector Rondon ($4.2 million), left-hander Travis Wood ($6.17 million) and right-handers Pedro Strop ($4.4 million), Adam Warren ($1.7 million) and Justin Grimm ($1.275 million).

That left two remaining arbitration-eligible players for the Cubs, both clients of the same agent (Scott Boras): Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta and outfielder/infielder Chris Coghlan.

Following a season in which he was demoted from the rotation and rallied to become a linchpin for the bullpen, Wood got a raise of more than $500,000 in his final year of arbitration eligibility.

Rondon, who has 59 saves and a 2.03 ERA over the past two seasons, lost his closer job briefly at midseason but had a lights-out finish in the second half.

Warren, a swingman who made 17 starts for the Yankees last season, was acquired in a trade for Starlin Castro last month. He’s expected to get a chance to win a rotation job in spring training.