Cubs avoid arbitration with a trio of players

Ross Houston
January 13, 2018

Donaldson's deal topped the $21,625,000, one-year deal covering 2018 agreed to last May by outfielder Bryce Harper and Washington. "The records on the field are way more important, because when you're doing that, you're helping the team. you get paid millions of dollars to do something you've loved since you were 4 years old". He is eligible for free agency after this season.

Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard set the old record of $10 million in 2008.

Bryant, 26, hit.295 with 29 homers, 73 RBIs, 111 runs and.946 OPS in 2017.

He also earned Rookie of the Year in 2015, making him one of only three players, along with Buster Posey and Howard, to win both Rookie of the Year and MVP before becoming arbitration eligible.

Shortstop Addison Russell will get $3.2 million.

Over the course of his 23 regular-season relief appearances and 17.2 innings of work as a member of the Cubs in 2017, Wilson amassed a 5.09 ERA alongside 25 strikeouts and 19 walks. Outfielder George Springer and World Series champion Houston had the second-biggest difference ($10.5 million vs. $8.5 million) and second baseman Jonathan Schoop and Baltimore the third ($9 million vs. $7.5 million).

Pitchers Lance McCullers Jr. and Brad Peacock and catcher Evan Gattis also reached one-year deals with the Astros. As a whole last season, which was split between the Cubs and Tigers, the seasoned southpaw tallied a 3.41 ERA, 80 strikeouts and 35 walks. Britton ruptured his right Achilles tendon in offseason training and figures to have a delayed start to his season.

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