Cubs Avoid Arbitration With Wilson


Going into the deadline, it was thought that Bryant could break the record for a player's first year of arbitration potentially surpassing Ryan Howard's $10M deal from 10 years ago.

According to, Wilson agreed to a $4.25 million deal with the Cubs to avoid salary arbitration.

Bryant, 26, is one of three players, along with Buster Posey and Howard to win both the Rookie of the Year and MVP before becoming arbitration eligible. The biggest question heading into 2018 is whether Bryant will continue to bat primarily out of the two hole (411 at-bats last season). As a whole last season, which was split between the Cubs and Tigers, the seasoned southpaw tallied a 3.41 ERA, 80 strikeouts and 35 walks.

Only reliever Justin Grimm remained unsigned among the Cubs' players eligible for arbitration as of late Friday afternoon. The Cubs won the World Series that year for the first time since 1908.

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In hopes to avoid Theo Epstein's first arbitration hearing since taking over as President in 2012.

The Chicago Cubs are hoping for a huge bounce-back year from lefty reliever Justin Wilson.

Earlier Friday, the Blue Jays settled with third baseman Josh Donaldson - the former Cubs farmhand - for an overall one-year arbitration contract record of $23 million.