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

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

The Chicago Cubs were unable to come to agreements with restricted free agents Kris Bryant and Addison Russell this week, meaning that the duo will reportedly file for salary arbitration. Howard's first-year arbitration eligible stood for 10 seasons.

The Chicago Cubs and third baseman Kris Bryant avoided arbitration by settling on a $10.85 million deal, a first-year arbitration record, a source close to the situation has informed FanRag Sports.

Avoiding arbitration also has the added benefit of not bringing Russell's recent off-the-field issues into the spotlight again, which would've been fair game in hearings to determine the value of his contract.

Bryant is coming off his third season in the majors. In 2017, he hit.295/.409/.537 with 29 homers, a single-season career-high 38 doubles and 73 RBIs en route to a 6.1 WAR. He's one of baseball's brightest young stars and overall players. Despite last year's disappointing postseason, the Cubs enter 2018 among World Series favorites. He's hit at least.275 in all of his three seasons, surpassing the 25 home run mark in each of the three seasons.

Theo Epstein's front office has never gone to arbitration with any player.

Kyle Hendricks got a big raise.

As of Friday afternoon, the Cubs still have to reach an agreement with only one other player: Justin Grimm. Among those reaching agreements Thursday were New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks ($2,825,000), Cleveland reliever Zach McAllister ($2.45 million), Detroit catcher James McCann ($2,375,000), Houston outfielder Jake Marisnick ($1.9 million), Los Angeles Angels reliever Blake Parker ($1.8 million) and New York Yankees reliever Tommy Kahnle ($1,312,500).

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