Cubs avoid arbitration with a trio of players

Cubs avoid arbitration with a trio of players

According to, Wilson agreed to a $4.25 million deal with the Cubs to avoid salary arbitration. Bryant's contract edges out the previous record holder - Phillies legend Ryan Howard - by $850,000.

Bryant receives a huge, well-deserved pay raise for the former MVP and NL Rookie of the Year that has turned into one of the faces of baseball.

Bryant, 26, hit.295 with 29 homers, 73 RBIs, 111 runs and.946 OPS in 2017. He ranked third in WAR in 2016 and 16th last season.

Bryant is among the five arbitration-eligible Cubs who reached agreements by mid afternoon on the deadline day for unsigned players to exchange salary arbitration figures with the club.

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La Stella isn't a starter on the Cubs but he's been a valuable bench bat the last three years, slashing.276/.363/.429 in 395 plate appearances while seeing the majority of his time at second and third base.

The Chicago Cubs are hoping for a huge bounce-back year from lefty reliever Justin Wilson.

The will be facing some tough arbitration decisions this winter, but they have settled with at least one player as reliever has reportedly agreed to a new deal. The Cubs have never gone to arbitration with a player in the Theo Epstein-Jed Hoyer era.

That left only right-hander Justin Grimm, who was expected to reach an agreement Friday, among the Cubs' arb guys.

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