It's always nice when the arbitration process goes smoothly, especially with a team's star players.
At this point in his career, Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is worth a $200 million contract, but he'll be subject to the MLB's arbitration system for another two offseasons. However, for the time being, his salary is settled for the 2018 season.
Only two more years of this, Cubs fans, unless the front office can sign him to a monster extension.
On Friday, Chicago and Bryant agreed to a record-breaking salary for a first-year arbitration-eligible player.
Bryant gets first-year arb record $10.85 million. #Cubs— Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) January 12, 2018
Talk about a payday! Bryant will make nearly $11 million in 2018, and for his production since arriving in the bigs, that's a damn bargain.
But let's not forget about the other Cubs players. The team also avoided arbitration with four others, including shortstop Addison Russell.
When Bryant tears it up in 2018, his arbitration salary will surely skyrocket, and he'll keep having the opportunity to shatter the salary records for the next two years.