Cubs' Bryant gets $10.85M, record for 1st arbitration eligible

Lynette Rowe
January 13, 2018

"The records on the field are way more important because when you're doing that, you're helping the team. you get paid millions of dollars to do something you've loved since you were 4 years old". However, the two sides finally came to an agreement and avoided arbitration. The Cubs and Bryant on Friday agreed to a one-year contract worth $10.85 million, eclipsing the $10 million made by the Phillies' Ryan Howard, who made $10 million in 2008, his first year of eligibility for salary arbitration. Howard's first-year arbitration eligible stood for 10 seasons. He ranked third in WAR in 2016 and 16th last season. Throughout his three seasons in the league, Bryant has hit.288 with 94 home runs. The Cubs won the World Series that year for the first time since 1908. He's likely to be one of baseball's hottest commodities within coming years, the Cubs are doing everything they can to keep him in Chicago.

Reliever Justin Grimm, pitcher Kyle Hendricks, infielder Tommy La Stella, and shortstop Addison Russell are also eligible for arbitration this season.

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The Cubs have avoided going to arbitration with a group of key players Friday.

No Cub has ever gone to arbitration with Theo Epstein in charge and it doesn't look like that will change this year.

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