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

Cubs' Bryant gets $10.85M, record for 1st arbitration eligible

MLB Trade Rumors predicted the salary figures for the five players at $8.9 million (Bryant), $4.9 million (Hendricks), $4.3 million (Wilson), $2.3 million (Russell) and $1 million (La Stella). Among that group is third baseman, who could threaten Ryan Howard's first-year arbitration record salary of $10 million. Howard's first-year arbitration eligible stood for 10 seasons. 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. He's one of baseball's brightest young stars and overall players. He's hit at least.275 in all of his three seasons, surpassing the 25 home run mark in each of the three seasons.

The Chicago Cubs are hoping for a huge bounce-back year from lefty reliever Justin Wilson.

No Cub has ever gone to arbitration with Theo Epstein in charge and it doesn't look like that will change this year.

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That left only right-hander Justin Grimm, who was expected to reach an agreement Friday, among the Cubs' arb guys.

On Friday morning, the Cubs officially avoided arbitration with two pitchers just ahead of the noon deadline. However, both sides believe they can reach an agreement before having to go to trial in February.

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