Bryant, Cubs attain $18.6M deal, keep away from arbitration

Third baseman Kris Bryant and the Chicago Cubs have averted arbitration, selecting a one-year, $18.6 million deal, it was introduced Friday.

Bryant, whose identify had surfaced in commerce rumors this offseason, had a .282 batting common with 31 dwelling runs and 77 RBIs final season. He was eighth within the NL with 108 runs scored and drew sufficient walks to put up a .382 on-base proportion, 16th finest within the majors.


He missed the ultimate week of the common season after spraining his proper ankle when he landed awkwardly on a moist first-base bag whereas attempting to beat out a double play.

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There is also the matter of a service time grievance in opposition to the Cubs that was filed on Bryant’s behalf by the MLBPA. That grievance is anticipated to be resolved within the subsequent two weeks, sources instructed ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

Bryant contends he ought to have began the 2015 season with the massive league membership, permitting him to turn out to be a free agent after the 2020 season. As a substitute, the Cubs despatched him to the minors out of spring coaching, then introduced him up 10 days later due to an harm, permitting them to maintain him an additional 12 months and making him a free agent after the 2021 season.

If Bryant wins the grievance, this is able to be his remaining arbitration 12 months and he could be a free agent after the 2020 season. If, as anticipated, he loses, he could have yet another arbitration-eligible 12 months and would turn out to be a free agent after the 2021 season.

Bryant, chosen by the Cubs with the second total choose within the 2013 MLB draft, was the NL Rookie of the Yr in 2015 and the NL Most Precious Participant in 2016.

The Cubs additionally reached one-year agreements Friday with shortstop Javier Baez, left fielder Kyle Schwarber ($7.01 million) and middle fielder Albert Almora Jr. ($1.575 million).

Baez, who missed a lot of the stretch run in September with a hairline fracture in his thumb, hit. 281 with 29 dwelling runs, 85 RBIs, 89 runs and 11 stolen bases final season.

Schwarber set profession highs in 2019 with a .250 batting common, 38 dwelling runs and 92 RBIs.

Almora, the sixth total choose within the 2012 MLB draft by the Cubs, had a .236 batting common with 12 dwelling runs and 32 RBIs final season.