Kris Bryant's $10.85M payday an Major League Baseball record

Kris Bryant's $10.85M payday an Major League Baseball record

Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard set the old record of $10 million in 2008.

Bryant followed that up with his most successful season to date in 2016. He's in the first year of arbitration and has a career 2.94 ERA, 1.098 WHIP and finished third in the NL Cy Young voting in 2016. Despite last year's disappointing postseason, the Cubs enter 2018 among World Series favorites.

Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs hits a home run in the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during game five of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 19, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.

Bryant, a native of Las Vegas who played his collegiate ball at San Diego, wound up going No. 2 overall to the Cubs in 2013.


While Bryant took a small step back in a few areas in 2017, he actually improved his on-base percentage by cutting down on his strikeouts and walking more than ever before. He was promoted to the majors early on during the 2015 season and finishing hitting.275 with 26 home runs and 99 RBIs. He's likely to be one of baseball's hottest commodities within coming years, the Cubs are doing everything they can to keep him in Chicago. It's a record for a player that was eligible for salary arbitration for the first time.

No Cub has ever gone to arbitration with Theo Epstein in charge and it doesn't look like that will change this year.

Kyle Hendricks got a big raise. Reliever Justin Grimm did not reach an agreement with the team. However, both sides believe they can reach an agreement before having to go to trial in February.

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