Cubs avoid arbitration with Bryant, Hendricks, Russell, Wilson and La Stella

Ruben Hill
January 13, 2018

Teammate Addison Russell also agreed to terms for 2018, receiving a contract for $3.2 million.

But before all of that can start, there's some business to take care of.

The most prominent of those included a possible trade with the Baltimore Orioles for 25-year-old shortstop Manny Machado.

Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs hits a home run in the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during game five of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 19, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. He's in the first year of arbitration and has a career 2.94 ERA, 1.098 WHIP and finished third in the NL Cy Young voting in 2016.

Arbitration hearings for players are generally scheduled for early February.

Machado, in contrast, has just one more season of team control before he can enter the free agent market, where he's sure to fetch an expensive contract. The Cubs re-signed a plethora of players before Friday's deadline.

MLBTR predicts Grimm will get $2.4 million. It was never really in doubt that the Cubs would pay the former Rookie of the Year and NL MVP, but the $10.85 million agreement between the two sides is the largest ever for a first-year arbitration eligible player.

Russell had an up and down season that was marked with both personal and professional challenges, hitting just.239 with 12 home runs and 43 RBI in 385 plate appearances.

Melisa Reidy-Russell declined to speak with Major League Baseball investigators in June and Russell's agent Scott Boras told the Chicago Tribune in December that he hadn't been contacted by the Major League Baseball regarding the completion of the investigation.

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