Monday, 23 July, 2018

Sets first-year arb record

Associated Press
Kris Bryant of the Cubs is one of several talented third basemen facing arbitration Associated Press Kris Bryant of the Cubs is one of several talented third basemen facing arbitration
Frederick Owens | 13 January, 2018, 05:35

"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". Going into the deadline, it was thought that Bryant could break the record for a player's first year of arbitration potentially surpassing Ryan Howard's $10M deal from 10 years ago. Howard's first-year arbitration eligible stood for 10 seasons. During the 2017 season, Bryant hit for a career-best.295 batting average and a total of 29 home runs and 73 RBIs.

Bryant has been an important piece to the Cubs' puzzle over the last few seasons.

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

The Cubs also locked up Addison Russell, Justin Wilson and Tommy LaStella for the 2018 season.

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

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