Cubs, Kris Bryant Agree To Deal, Avoid Arbitration

Bryant and the Cubs settled at an $18.6-million salary for him in 2020.

670 The Score Staff
January 10, 2020 - 11:44 am
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(670 The Score) While his future with the organization remains murky, Cubs star third baseman Kris Bryant's salary is clear for 2020.

Bryant and the Cubs have avoided arbitration by settling on an $18.6-million salary for 2020, a source confirmed to 670 The Score reporter Bruce Levine. That's a bump over the $12.9 million that Bryant made in 2019.

Bryant, 28, hit .282 with 31 homers, 77 RBIs and a .903 OPS in 147 games last season. Despite his supreme talent, Bryant has found himself on the trade block this offseason as the Cubs are at a crossroads in deciding how to balance being competitive in 2020 with what's best for their long-term future. 

The Cubs also resolved the contract situations of their other five arbitration-eligible players. They reached one-year deals with shortstop Javier Baez ($10 million), outfielder Kyle Schwarber ($7.01 million), catcher Willson Contreras ($4.5 million), outfielder Albert Almora Jr. ($1.575 million) and reliever Kyle Ryan ($975,000), according to reports from Jeff Passan of ESPN, Jesse Rogers of ESPN and Jordan Bastian of MLB.com.

Baez and the Cubs have had preliminary discussions about a long-term contract extension, according to reports. Settling on his 2020 salary doesn't preclude Baez and the Cubs from striking a contract extension.