It might have been the oddest salary-arbitration case in all of baseball this off-season.
While the Chicago Cubs quickly settled with five of their arbitration-eligible players -- including third baseman Kris Bryant, pitcher Kyle Hendricks and shortstop Addison Russell -- they went to a hearing with right-handed reliever Justin Grimm, who has had an up-and-down career so far.
On Thursday, word came down that the Cubs had won the case. Grimm will get $2.2 million, not the $2.475 he had sought.
This was the first salary-arbitration case to go to a hearing under the regime of team president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer, who came here in the fall of 2011. It was the first hearing for the Cubs since then-GM Jim Hendry beat infielder Ryan Theriot in arbitration before the 2010 season.
Last season, Grimm went 1-2 with a 5.53 ERA and a WHIP of 1.34. He spent time at Class AAA Iowa during the season and did not appear in the playoffs. Grimm came to the Cubs in a July 2013 trade with the Texas Rangers.