Tuesday, 23 January, 2018

Kris Bryant gets record $10.85 million deal as first-year arbitration player

Sep 20 2017 St. Petersburg FL USA Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Justin Wilson at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Lucia Summers | 13 January, 2018, 05:36

Former Rookie of the Year and MVP Kris Bryant received a record settlement for a first-time arbitration-eligible player on Friday as he agreed to a one-year, $10.85 million deal with the Chicago Cubs, avoiding arbitration, according to a source familiar with the situation. Bryant's contract edges out the previous record holder - Phillies legend Ryan Howard - by $850,000.

The Cubs paid Bryant $1.05 million in 2017, which was a record by $50,000 for a pre-arbitration-eligible player.

Bryant has 94 home runs in his first three seasons in the big leagues to go with a.288 batting average and.388 on-base percentage. As a whole last season, which was split between the Cubs and Tigers, the seasoned southpaw tallied a 3.41 ERA, 80 strikeouts and 35 walks.

The Cubs re-signed a plethora of players before Friday's deadline. He played a vital role in winning the Cubs' first World Series titles in over 100 years back in 2016, including making the final out of the World Series.

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Left-handed reliever Justin Wilson, who struggled with command after being acquired in a trade from Detroit in July, settled for $4.25 million.

As Jesse Rogers points out, the Cubs have never had an arbitration hearing under the Theo Epstein regime.

The Cubs and reliever Justin Grimm didn't reach an agreement yet and are expected to exchange salary figures soon.

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