The Chicago Cubs have come to terms with left-handed relief pitcher Justin Wilson, thus avoiding arbitration, according to a Friday morning report from Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times. Bryant's contract edges out the previous record holder - Phillies legend Ryan Howard - by $850,000. "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".
Bryant is among the five arbitration-eligible Cubs who reached agreements by mid afternoon on the deadline day for unsigned players to exchange salary arbitration figures with the club. Howard and Bryant both National League Rookie of the Year and MVP awards in their first two seasons in the majors. The Cubs won the World Series that year for the first time since 1908. Bryant agreed to a $10.85 million one-year deal with the Cubs on Friday.
Shortstop Addison Russell, a 2016 All-Star who struggled through injuries and off-the-field issues last season, agreed to a $3.2 million deal. Reliever Justin Grimm did not reach an agreement with the team. As a result, Wilson will now reportedly earn a $4.25 million salary in 2018.