The heavy lifting for the Chicago Cubs front office is done...at least regarding the team's incumbent stars.
The Cubs avoided arbitration with Kyle Hendricks, Mike Montgomery, Kyle Schwarber, Addison Russell and Carl Edwards Jr. on Friday and fans were waiting for the team to do the same with Kris Bryant and Javier Baez before this evening's deadline.
The wait is over.
Source: The Cubs have reached agreements with Kris Bryant ($12.9 million) and Javier Baez ($5.2 million), avoiding arbitration hearings against two of their biggest stars.— Patrick Mooney (@PJ_Mooney) January 11, 2019
According to reports, the Cubs have settled with their two biggest stars in Bryant and Baez, with Baez coming shortly before Bryant. Jon Heyman dropped that news.
El Mago will reportedly make $5.2 million next year.
As for Bryant, after shattering the MLB salary record for a first-year arbitration-eligible player in 2018, he'll get a much smaller raise in 2019 due to the fact he missed a good portion of last season and didn't produce anywhere close to his 2015-2017 campaigns. He made just over $10.8 million in 2018 and will get just over a $2 million pay bump.
Now that the Cubs have taken care of business within the organization, perhaps the front office will focus on addressing some of the roster voids in free agency and/or on the trade market.