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Cubs’ Trachsel Offered Arbitration

December 7, 1999

CHICAGO (AP) _ Steve Trachsel was offered salary arbitration by the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, allowing the team to negotiate with the pitcher through Jan. 8.

Trachsel, who asked for $18 million to $20 million over three years, has until Dec. 19 to accept or reject the arbitration offer. If the Cubs hadn’t offered arbitration, they would have not been able to re-sign him until May 1.

Trachsel, 29, was 8-18 with a 5.56 ERA this year, one season after going 15-8 with a 4.46 ERA.

Trachsel avoided arbitration in 1999, signing a one-year contract worth $2,987,500.

Chicago declined to offer arbitration to pitcher Bobby Ayala, catcher Benito Santiago and infielders Mickey Morandini and Jeff Blauser.

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