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Cubs Avoid Arbitration With All Eligible Players

Kris Bryant and the Cubs agreed to a $12.9-million salary figure for 2019.

January 11, 2019 - 3:40 pm
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(670 The Score) The Cubs avoided arbitration with all seven of their eligible players Friday by settling on salary figures for the 2019 season.

Third baseman Kris Bryant received the highest figure, settling at $12.9 million. That's an uptick over his $10.85-million salary in 2018, when he hit .272 with 13 homers and 52 RBIs in an injury-riddled season.

Coming off a campaign in which he was the National League MVP runner-up, infielder Javier Baez settled with the team at $5.2 million. He hit .290 with 34 homers, 111 RBIs and an .881 OPS, which all represented career-best marks.

Right-hander Kyle Hendricks and the Cubs agreed to a $7.405-million deal. Hendricks, 29, has been a rock in the Cubs' rotation for the past five years, with a career 3.07 ERA. He was 14-11 with a 3.44 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 199 innings across 33 starts in 2018.

Outfielder Kyle Schwarber agreed to a 3.39-million deal for 2019. He hit .238 with 26 homers, 61 RBIs and an .823 OPS in 137 games last season.

Suspended shortstop Addison Russell agreed to a contract that's worth $3.4 million in base salary with incentives that could make the deal worth up to $4 million, the Sun-Times reported. But of that $3.4 million, Russell will lose around $540,000 as he serves 28 more games on an initial 40-game suspension for violating the joint domestic violence policy last season. The incentives are based off how long Russell is on the active roster. There are five bonuses worth up to $600,000 for reaching the thresholds of 30, 60, 90, 120 and 150 days on the active roster, the Sun-Times reported.

Russell, 24, made $3.2 million in 2018, when he hit struggled in hitting .250 with five homers, 38 RBIs and a .657 OPS in 130 games.

Left-hander Mike Montgomery reached a $2.44-million deal, per reports. Reliever Carl Edwards Jr. and the club settled at $1.5 million, Jesse Rogers of ESPN reported.

Teams and players had until Friday at noon to reach agreements on 2019 salary figures or they'd otherwise have to exchange figures that can be used at a hearing with three arbiters deciding the fate.