Cubs agree to terms with Kyle Hendricks, Justin Wilson


He is among five arbitration-eligible players, including Addison Russell, who reportedly reached agreements with the Cubs by Friday, according to the Sun-Times.

The Chicago Cubs have agreed to arbitration terms with star slugger Kris Bryant. However, the two sides finally came to an agreement and avoided arbitration.

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Bryant could break the record for highest salary among players eligible for arbitration for the first time, a mark set when first baseman Ryan Howard was awarded a raise from $900,000 to $10 million by a three-person panel in 2008 instead of Philadelphia's $7 million offer. He rebounded from an injury-slowed 2016 to hit.270 last season with 33 homers and 78 RBIs. 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, a native of Las Vegas who played his collegiate ball at San Diego, wound up going No. 2 overall to the Cubs in 2013. During the 2017 season, Bryant hit for a career-best.295 batting average and a total of 29 home runs and 73 RBIs. The Cubs won the World Series that year for the first time since 1908.

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Theo Epstein's front office has never gone to arbitration with any player. Earlier Friday, the Cubs settled with reliever Justin Wilson ($4.25 million), right-hander Kyle Hendricks ($4.125 million) and infielder Tommy La Stella ($950,000).

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

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