Kris Bryant and Cubs Settle on Massive One-Year Deal Before Arbitration

Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant
Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant / Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images

Amid seemingly never-ending trade rumors, the Chicago Cubs and superstar third baseman Kris Bryant managed to amicably agree on a contract in what could have been an extremely volatile arbitration period.

Bryant, 28, and the Cubs agreed on a one-year, $18.6 million deal in arbitration that will keep him in Chicago for the 2020 campaign.

Bryant made an All-Star team for the first time since 2016 last season, as he hit .282 with 31 home runs and 77 RBI.

There have been rumors the Cubs could look to move the superstar in the name of either a retool or to become more financially flexible, but this deal should be taken as a sign that Theo Epstein still thinks that Bryant is one of the best corner infielders in the game, and he will be paid as such.

While the Bryant trade rumors aren't totally extinguished just yet, this is a major step in the right direction for fans that want to see the superstar third baseman suit up in Chicago next season.