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Kris Bryant Reaches Record Deal With Cubs Avoids Arbitration Report

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It's only fitting, as Bryant has already won an MVP, and while his power numbers fell off previous year, he had a top-four OBP in the NL.

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. The Cubs and Bryant on Friday agreed to a one-year contract worth $10.85 million, eclipsing the $10 million made by the Phillies' Ryan Howard, who made $10 million in 2008, his first year of eligibility for salary arbitration.

Bryant, 26, is one of three players, along with Buster Posey and Howard to win both the Rookie of the Year and MVP before becoming arbitration eligible.

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It's a record for a player that was eligible for salary arbitration for the first time.

Kyle Hendricks got a big raise.

Shortstop Addison Russell, a 2016 All-Star who struggled through injuries and off-the-field issues last season, agreed to a $3.2 million deal. The 30-year-old southpaw had a 5.09 ERA and 2.09 WHIP in 23 games in Chicago after coming over at the trade deadline last season. Reliever Justin Grimm did not reach an agreement with the team.

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