Sets first-year arb record

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The Cubs have avoided going to arbitration with a group of key players Friday.

The Cubs settled with three other players on Friday who were arbitration eligible: pitchers Kyle Hendricks ($4.175 million) and Justin Wilson ($4.25 million) along with infielder Tommy La Stella ($950,000).

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Kris Bryant has agreed to a $10.85 million, one-year deal with the Chicago Cubs, a record for a player eligible for arbitration for the first time.

Bryant hit.295 with 29 home runs and 73 RBIs in 2017.

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Bryant receives a huge, well-deserved pay raise for the former MVP and NL Rookie of the Year that has turned into one of the faces of baseball. "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".

Hendricks, who was a finalist for the 2016 Cy Young Award and picked up the series-clinching win in Game 6 of the NLCS that season, had a 3.03 ERA and 123 strikeouts in 24 starts for the Cubs during an injury-shortened 2017 campaign.

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As Jesse Rogers points out, the Cubs have never had an arbitration hearing under the Theo Epstein regime. Third baseman is eligible for arbitration for the first time, as is shortstop Addison Russell.

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