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

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Bryant agreed to a $10.85 million one-year deal with the Cubs on Friday. It was the first time in his three seasons he was not named an All-Star, however. 259 with 33 homers and 95 RBIs past year, when he made $11.5 million. He has been mentioned in persistent trade rumors.

Bryant followed that up with his most successful season to date in 2016. Donaldson earned $17 million last year in the final season of a $28.65 million, two-year deal. Howard's first-year arbitration eligible stood for 10 seasons.

Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, the 2016 National League MVP, broke the 10-year-old salary record for a first-year arbitration-eligible player when he and the Cubs settled on a one-year, $10.85 million contract to avoid an arbitration hearing.

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His resume to date includes, in successive years, college player of the year as a junior at United States dollars, minor league player of the year his first full season as a pro, NL Rookie of the Year the next season and the NL MVP during the Cubs' championship run in 2016. In 2017, he hit.295/.409/.537 with 29 homers, a single-season career-high 38 doubles and 73 RBIs en route to a 6.1 WAR.

Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu, Houston pitcher Dallas Keuchel and newly acquired St. Louis outfielder Marcell Ozuna also are among the stars set to swap. Right-hander Justin Grimm is the only arbitration-eligible player left who has not signed a deal.

Major League Baseball teams generally have control over a player for their first six full seasons.in the Major League Baseball. Several clubs refused to negotiate after the exchange of proposed arbitration salaries, a so-called "file and trial" strategy.

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