CHICAGO – Third baseman Kris Bryant averted arbitration with the Chicago Cubs, agreeing Friday to an $18.6 million, one-year contract, an individual accustomed to the scenario advised The Related Press.
The individual spoke on the situation of anonymity as a result of the deal had not been introduced. Bryant bought a big increase from the $12.9 million he earned final yr.
Chicago additionally agreed to a $1,575,000, one-year contract with outfielder Albert Almora Jr.
The 2016 NL MVP, Bryant rebounded from an injury-filled season to bat .282 with 31 homers and 77 RBIs.
It stays unclear whether or not he’ll stay with the staff he led to the 2016 World Sequence championship, the Cubs’ first title since 1908. Chicago’s skinny minor league system, the prospects Bryant may deliver again in a commerce, the massive contract the three-time All-Star would determine to command as a free agent have all thrown his future into query. He additionally has a pending grievance he filed within the hope of changing into a free agent one yr sooner than scheduled.
The third baseman debuted on April 17, 2015, leaving him at some point shy of the service time wanted to change into a free agent after the 2020 season. Bryant contends he was held within the minors in a deliberate effort to delay his free-agent eligibility and that delay violated baseball’s collective bargaining settlement.
The Cubs hope Almora can rebound after his batting common dropped 50 factors to .236 and his on-base share fell from .323 to .271. The previous first-round choose hit simply .213 in opposition to left-handers despite the fact that he’s a righty. And his common on balls in play was .255.
The Cubs reached the offers simply earlier than Friday’s scheduled alternate of proposed arbitration salaries. Eligible gamers additionally included star shortstop Javier Báez, All-Star catcher Willson Contreras, slugger Kyle Schwarber and reliever Kyle Ryan.
Chicago missed the playoffs for the primary time since 2014 with an 84-78 document. The Cubs employed former catcher David Ross to interchange Joe Maddon as supervisor, hoping “Grandpa Rossy” may give them a spark.
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