Sunday, 21 January, 2018

Cubs Avoid Arbitration With Wilson

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Kristopher Love | 13 January, 2018, 05:33

Bryant agreed to a one-year, $10.85 million contract with the Cubs on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

The previous record was set by Ryan Howard, who received $10 million from the Philadelphia Phillies in 2008.

The Cubs paid Bryant $1.05 million in 2017, which was a record by $50,000 for a pre-arbitration-eligible player. 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. The 30-year-old southpaw had a 5.09 ERA and 2.09 WHIP in 23 games in Chicago after coming over at the trade deadline last season. He ranked third in WAR in 2016 and 16th last season.

That leaves Addison Russell, Justin Grimm and Kris Bryant as players who have not settled and are left as eligible for arbitration. The Cubs won the World Series that year for the first time since 1908.

The Cubs have avoided going to arbitration with a group of key players Friday.

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