Heyman | Kris Bryant breaks first-year arbitration record

Heyman | Kris Bryant breaks first-year arbitration record

Earlier Friday, the Blue Jays settled with third baseman Josh Donaldson - the former Cubs farmhand - for an overall one-year arbitration contract record of $23 million. He walked 95 times in 2017 after never eclipsing 80 in a season and struck out just 128 times compared to 353 combined over his first two seasons. He has been mentioned in persistent trade rumors.

Bryant has been an important piece to the Cubs' puzzle over the last few seasons. Donaldson is in his final winter of eligibility. The 27-year-old is eligible for free agency after the 2019 season.

Bryant agreed to a one-year, $10.85 million contract with the Cubs on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Bryant, who has received MVP votes all three seasons in the big leagues, hit.295 with 29 homers and a.946 OPS last season for the Cubs - who have advanced to at least the National League Championship Series in each of his seasons.

Russell had an up and down season that was marked with both personal and professional challenges, hitting just.239 with 12 home runs and 43 RBI in 385 plate appearances.

Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu, Houston pitcher Dallas Keuchel and newly acquired St. Louis outfielder Marcell Ozuna also are among the stars set to swap.

There were 189 players eligible for arbitration after teams offered contracts on December 1 to unsigned players on their 40-man rosters, and 173 remained set to swap as of Thursday evening.

The Cubs and reliever Justin Grimm didn't reach an agreement yet and are expected to exchange salary figures soon.

Major League Baseball teams generally have control over a player for their first six full seasons.in the Major League Baseball.

Teams won eight of 15 decisions last winter, the most hearings since clubs went 10-6 in 2004.

Teams have a 302-224 edge since arbitration started in 1974.

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