Kris Bryant gets record $10.85 million deal as first-year arbitration player


Kris Bryant gets record $10.85 million deal as first-year arbitration player

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

Bryant, who has received MVP votes all three seasons in the big leagues, hit.295 with 29 homers and a.946 OPS last season for the Cubs - who have advanced to at least the National League Championship Series in each of his seasons.

The Cubs settled with five of their six arb-eligible players as of Friday afternoon.

The Cubs still have several other players to negotiate contracts with, and Friday marks the date where teams exchange salary numbers with arbitration-eligible players. Infielder Tommy La Stella will make $950,000 this coming season. But he was stellar in the first four months of 2017 with the Detroit Tigers, saving 13 games with a 2.68 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 12.3 K/9. He's in the first year of arbitration and has a career 2.94 ERA, 1.098 WHIP and finished third in the NL Cy Young voting in 2016.

As Jesse Rogers points out, the Cubs have never had an arbitration hearing under the Theo Epstein regime. Reliever Justin Grimm did not reach an agreement with the team. 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.