Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant has set a salary record for a first-year arbitration-eligible player. The Cubs and Bryant on Friday agreed to a one-year contract worth $10.85 million, eclipsing the $10 million made by the Phillies’ Ryan Howard, who made $10 million in 2008, his first year of eligibility for salary arbitration.
Bryant was paid $1.05 million last year.
The Cubs settled with five of their six arb-eligible players as of Friday afternoon. Shortstop Addison Russell will get $3.2 million. Starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks gets $4.175 million. Reliever Justin Wilson gets $4.25 million. Infielder Tommy La Stella will make $950,000 this coming season.
Only reliever Justin Grimm remained unsigned among the Cubs’ players eligible for arbitration as of late Friday afternoon.
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