Suspended Russell, Cubs agree at $3.4M, $200000 raise

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The Cubs also agreed to terms with Kyle Schwarber, who will earn $3.39 million in his first year of being an arbitration-eligible player.

Third baseman Kris Bryant received the highest figure, settling at $12.9 million.

Coming off a campaign in which he was the National League MVP runner-up, infielder Javier Baez settled with the team at $5.2 million.

Earlier, Kyle Hendricks agreed to a $7.405 million deal, a $3.4 million raise from 2018. Hendricks, 29, has been a rock in the Cubs' rotation for the past five years, with a career 3.07 ERA.

Even on a day when the Cubs avoided arbitration with all seven of their eligible players, they couldn't avoid another round of swift public backlash over troubled shortstop Addison Russell and a contract that provides a way for him to recoup money lost while serving an unpaid suspension for domestic violence. He was 14-11 with a 3.44 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 199 innings across 33 starts in 2018.


Russell, 24, will miss the first 28 games of 2019 as part of a 40-game suspension handed down late last season, after details emerged about abuse allegations stemming from his marriage to his former wife.

But Russell can make up to $600,000 in bonuses if he remains on the roster for 150 days.

Schwarber hit.238 with a.356 on-base percentage and 26 homers in 510 plate appearances previous year, when he made $604,500.

Hendricks isn't due for free agency until 2021, but for now, he's due for a nice bump to his compensation entering his age-29 season, as he took home $4.175 past year.

Left-hander Mike Montgomery reached a $2.44-million deal, per reports.

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