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

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That leaves Addison Russell, Justin Grimm and Kris Bryant as players who have not settled and are left as eligible for arbitration.

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

Chicago Cubs slugger Kris Bryant agreed on a one-year, $10.85 million (8.89 million euros) deal with the Chicago Cubs Friday, a record for a player in his first year of eligibility for salary arbitration.

Bryant surpasses the previous mark of $10 million by Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies before the 2008 season.

Bryant hit.295 with 29 home runs and 73 RBIs in 2017.

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. He played a vital role in winning the Cubs' first World Series titles in over 100 years back in 2016, including making the final out of the World Series.

The Cubs avoided arbitration with lefty reliever Justin Wilson and right-hander Kyle Hendricks by agreeing to terms for a 2018 contract Friday hours before the deadline. Keuchel, the 2015 AL Young Award victor, went 14-5 with a 2.90 ERA and 125 strikeouts in the regular season and was 2-2 with a 3.58 ERA in five postseason starts.

Pitchers Lance McCullers Jr. and Brad Peacock and catcher Evan Gattis also reached one-year deals with the Astros. He can become a free agent after this season.

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