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

Sep 20 2017 St. Petersburg FL USA Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Justin Wilson at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Time will tell if the Cubs' generosity will play well with Bryant's agent, the notorious Scott Boras, when Bryant reaches free agency in 2022.

The Chicago Cubs have agreed to arbitration terms with star slugger Kris Bryant.

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. Players hold little power over their pay in their first three seasons - often making little more than the league minimum - but earn the right to file for arbitration in years four through six should they feel they've earned greater pay based on past performance.

Bryant has been an important piece to the Cubs' puzzle over the last few seasons. He batted.295 with 29 home runs and 73 RBIs last season.

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Baseball's current collective bargaining agreement provides language that allows clubs a wide lens to analyze a player's contributions, "including but not limited to his overall performance, special qualities of leadership and public appeal". Despite last year's disappointing postseason, the Cubs enter 2018 among World Series favorites. He was promoted to the majors early on during the 2015 season and finishing hitting.275 with 26 home runs and 99 RBIs.

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

Kyle Hendricks got a big raise. The Cubs re-signed a plethora of players before Friday's deadline.

The Cubs and reliever Justin Grimm didn't reach an agreement yet and are expected to exchange salary figures soon.

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