CHICAGO — Former Rookie of the Year and MVP Kris Bryant obtained a document settlement for a first-time arbitration-eligible participant on Friday as he agreed to a one-year, $10.85 million take care of the Chicago Cubs, avoiding arbitration, in accordance with a supply accustomed to the state of affairs.
The earlier document was set by Ryan Howard, who obtained $10 million from the Philadelphia Phillies in 2008.
“I do not take a look at “me” data,” Bryant informed reporters on Friday. “The data on the sector are far more vital as a result of once you’re doing that, you are serving to the group. … you receives a commission tens of millions of to do one thing you’ve got liked because you had been four years outdated. I simply really feel so grateful and so honored to be with this group.
“Records on the sector are far more vital as a result of once you’re doing that you just’re serving to the group. But it truly is the cherry on prime, getting paid tens of millions of to do one thing that you’ve got liked because you had been 4 years outdated.”
“I assumed he bought a good — and document — award,” mentioned president Theo Epstein. “It simply reveals the particular issues he is been in a position to accomplish and the particular groups he is been on as properly.”
Bryant, 26, is one among three gamers, together with Buster Posey and Howard to win each the Rookie of the Year and MVP earlier than changing into arbitration eligible.
Bryant has 94 residence runs in his first three seasons within the huge leagues to go together with a .288 batting common and .388 on-base share. He ranked third in WAR in 2016 and 16th final season.
Teammate Addison Russell additionally agreed to phrases for 2018, receiving a contract for $three.2 million.
The Cubs settled with three different gamers on Friday who had been arbitration eligible: pitchers Kyle Hendricks ($four.175 million) and Justin Wilson ($four.25 million) together with infielder Tommy La Stella ($950,000).
Pitcher Justin Grimm stays the one unsigned arbitration-eligible participant.