Bryant gets $10.85M, record for 1st arbitration eligibleJanuary 13, 2018 2:15am

CHICAGO (AP) — Kris Bryant put up another big number on Friday.

Bryant agreed to a $10.85 million, one-year deal with the Chicago Cubs, a record for a player eligible for arbitration for the first time.

"I guess for some players it might be stressful, but I really enjoyed the whole process of it," Bryant said before the start of the team's annual fan convention. "You play to get to this point in your career, and I've put in so much hard work behind the scenes to get to this point. It just feels so rewarding."

The previous mark was held by former Philadelphia slugger Ryan Howard, who was awarded $10 million by a three-person panel in 2008. The Cubs and Bryant avoided arbitration, and the 26-year-old third baseman receives a hefty raise after making $1.05 million last year.

"I don't look at money records," Bryant said. "I guess the records on the field are way more important, because when you're doing that, you know, you're helping the team. But it really is a cherry on top when you get paid millions of dollars to do something that you've loved since you were 4 years old."

The Cubs also reached one-year deals with right-hander Kyle Hendricks ($4,175,000), shortstop Addison Russell ($3.2 million) reliever Justin Wilson ($4.25 million) and infielder Tommy La Stella ($950,000). The team exchanged figures with reliever Justin Grimm, but president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said he hopes to strike a deal before an arbitration hearing.

Bryant was selected by Chicago with the No. 2 pick in the 2013 draft, a key moment in the Cubs' ascension from perennial loser to annual championship contender. He hit .292 with 39 homers and 102 RBIs in 2016, winning the NL MVP award and helping Chicago win the World Series for the first time since 1908.

The 2015 NL Rookie of the Year batted .295 with 29 home runs and 73 RBIs last year.

"I'm happy for K.B. I thought he got a fair and record award," Epstein said, "which just shows a lot of the special things he's been able to accomplish and the special teams he's been on as well."

Epstein said there were no substantive discussions this winter on a long-term deal for Bryant, who is represented by Scott Boras.

"I'll hear anything that they have to offer," Bryant said. "I'd be a fool not to."


Jay Cohen can be reached at


More AP baseball:

Page 1 of 1

More Stories Like This

FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2017, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez, right, follows through on his double with San Diego Padres catcher Luis Torrens watching during the second inning of a baseball game, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo, File)
Mets finalize 1-year deal with 1B Adrian Gonzalez
FILE - In this June 2, 2015, file photo, Washington Nationals relief pitcher Felipe Rivero (73) throws during the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the Toronto Blue Jays at Nationals Park, in Washington.The hard-throwing left-handed reliever finalized a $22 million, four-year contract with the pPittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, a deal that includes two club options and could be worth $41 million over six seasons. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
Felipe Rivero finalizes $22M, 4-year deal with Pirates
FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2017, file photo, Washington Nationals' Howie Kendrick rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Washington. The Nationals have agreed to a $7 million, two-year contract with Kendrick, a deal subject to a successful physical. Agent Pat Murphy confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
Kendrick, Nationals finalize $7 million, 2-year contract
San Francisco Giants' Evan Longoria answers questions during an introductory press conference Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in San Francisco.(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Evan Longoria considers speeding up games a tricky issue
Autopsy: Roy Halladay had amphetamine, morphine in systemAn autopsy report says retired star pitcher Roy Halladay had evidence of amphetamine, morphine and an insomnia drug in his system when he died in a small plane crash in Florida last year
Diamondbacks OF Yasmany Tomas accused of reckless drivingAuthorities say Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Yasmany Tomas has been accused of reckless driving and criminal speeding after his car was clocked at 105 mph on a metro Phoenix freeway

Related Searches

Related Searches