Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs Reach Arbitration Agreement

Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs Reach Arbitration Agreement

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.

The previous record was set by Ryan Howard, who received $10 million from the Philadelphia Phillies in 2008. The 27-year-old is eligible for free agency after the 2019 season.

Eligible for arbitration under Super 2 rules, Bryant missed the All-Star Game for the first time, saw his homer numbers fall from 39 to 29 even as his OPS rose from.939 to.946 and his RBI total drop from 102 to 73. He rebounded from an injury-slowed 2016 to hit.270 last season with 33 homers and 78 RBIs. He more than did his part in leading the Cubs to 103 wins while capturing an NL Central Division title and a World Series ring.

Bryant, a native of Las Vegas who played his collegiate ball at San Diego, wound up going No. 2 overall to the Cubs in 2013. Bryant, of course, has earned every penny, winning one National League MVP award and finishing in the top-11 in voting each of his first three years in the majors.

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Bryant's seen as one of the centerpieces to bring more rings back to Chicago. He's likely to be one of baseball's hottest commodities within coming years, the Cubs are doing everything they can to keep him in Chicago.

In hopes to avoid Theo Epstein's first arbitration hearing since taking over as President in 2012.

Bryant and Russell, along with reliever Justin Grimm, will submit their salary requests to an arbitrator on Friday, according to ESPN's Jesse Rogers and other reports.

Kyle Hendricks got a big raise. However, both sides believe they can reach an agreement before having to go to trial in February.

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