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

13 January 2018, 05:34 | Charlene Valdez

Bryce Harper to the Cubs? Count Kris Bryant

Bryce Harper to the Cubs? Count Kris Bryant

According to, Wilson agreed to a $4.25 million deal with the Cubs to avoid salary arbitration. The Cubs' superstar third baseman is set to receive a record deal for a first-year arbitration eligible contract with $10.85 million in 2018.

The previous mark was held by Ryan Howard, who was awarded $10 million by a three-person panel in 2008, the Philadelphia first baseman's first year of eligibility for arbitration.

Bryant hit.295 with 29 home runs and 73 RBIs in 2017. As a whole last season, which was split between the Cubs and Tigers, the seasoned southpaw tallied a 3.41 ERA, 80 strikeouts and 35 walks. He's likely to be one of baseball's hottest commodities within coming years, the Cubs are doing everything they can to keep him in Chicago.

Left-handed reliever Justin Wilson, who struggled with command after being acquired in a trade from Detroit in July, settled for $4.25 million.

As of Friday afternoon, the Cubs still have to reach an agreement with only one other player: Justin Grimm.

On Friday morning, the Cubs officially avoided arbitration with two pitchers just ahead of the noon deadline.

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

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