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

Annette Crawford
January 13, 2018

Arbitration hearings are set up for next month, though the two sides could reach an agreement before then.

Bryant's contract edges out the previous record holder - Phillies legend Ryan Howard - by $850,000. 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 is coming off his third season in the majors.

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, 26, is one of three players, along with Buster Posey and Howard to win both the Rookie of the Year and MVP before becoming arbitration eligible. The result was a.409 OBP with a.537 slugging percentage, 38 doubles, 111 runs, 29 home runs, and 73 RBI.

Bryant's seen as one of the centerpieces to bring more rings back to Chicago. He's hit at least.275 in all of his three seasons, surpassing the 25 home run mark in each of the three seasons.

No Cub has ever gone to arbitration with Theo Epstein in charge and it doesn't look like that will change this year.

There were 189 players eligible for arbitration after teams offered contracts on December 1 to unsigned players on their 40-man rosters, and 173 remained set to swap as of Thursday evening.

Kyle Hendricks got a big raise. Among those reaching agreements Thursday were New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks ($2,825,000), Cleveland reliever Zach McAllister ($2.45 million), Detroit catcher James McCann ($2,375,000), Houston outfielder Jake Marisnick ($1.9 million), Los Angeles Angels reliever Blake Parker ($1.8 million) and New York Yankees reliever Tommy Kahnle ($1,312,500).

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