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

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

The Chicago Cubs have come to terms with left-handed relief pitcher Justin Wilson, thus avoiding arbitration, according to a Friday morning report from Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times.

The $10.85 million is the most ever for a player in their first year of arbitration eligibility.

Bryant, 26, is one of three players, along with Buster Posey and Howard to win both the Rookie of the Year and MVP before becoming arbitration eligible.

MLB Trade Rumors predicted the salary figures for the five players at $8.9 million (Bryant), $4.9 million (Hendricks), $4.3 million (Wilson), $2.3 million (Russell) and $1 million (La Stella).

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




Bryant hit.295 with 29 homers last season for Chicago.

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 Cubs won the World Series that year for the first time since 1908.

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

The team also also avoided arbitration with reliever Justin Wilson who they acquired from the Detroit Tigers back in July of 2017.


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