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Cubs avoid arbitration with Justin Wilson

13 January 2018, 05:32 | Andy Ferguson

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Oct 17 2017 Chicago IL USA Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant hits a single against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the third inning during game three of the 2017 NLCS playoff baseball series at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit Dennis Wierzbicki-USA T

The Cubs and third baseman Kris Bryant reportedly reached a deal to give Bryant a record $10.85 million as a first-year arbitration-eligible player and avoid an arbitration hearing, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

Wilson was under control for 2018 at $2.7 million but the Cubs have decided agreed to pay him $4.25 million so they could avoid an arbitration case according to multiple reports. Bryant's contract edges out the previous record holder - Phillies legend Ryan Howard - by $850,000. 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. During the 2017 season, Bryant hit for a career-best.295 batting average and a total of 29 home runs and 73 RBIs.

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The Cubs settled with five of their six arb-eligible players as of Friday afternoon.

No Cub has ever gone to arbitration with Theo Epstein in charge and it doesn't look like that will change this year. Bryant agreed to a $10.85 million one-year deal with the Cubs on Friday.



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