Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Kris Bryant gets record first-year arbitration deal

Kris Bryant gets record first-year arbitration deal

It's only fitting, as Bryant has already won an MVP, and while his power numbers fell off previous year, he had a top-four OBP in the NL.

Bryant is among the five arbitration-eligible Cubs who reached agreements by mid afternoon on the deadline day for unsigned players to exchange salary arbitration figures with the club.

Earlier Friday, the Blue Jays settled with third baseman Josh Donaldson - the former Cubs farmhand - for an overall one-year arbitration contract record of $23 million.

The 5-year pro had a 3.41 ERA with 13 saves, 80 strikeouts, and 1.29 WHIP in 2017 between the Detriot Tigers and Cubs. Arbitration hearings are set up for next month, though the two sides could reach an agreement before then.

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Bryant has been an important piece to the Cubs' puzzle over the last few seasons. The Cubs won the World Series that year for the first time since 1908.

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

Theo Epstein's front office has never gone to arbitration with any player. MLBTR had a projection of $4.3 million for Wilson so this is right in line with what most baseball experts were thinking on his salary for 2018.

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