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Cubs avoid arbitration with Bryant, Hendricks, Russell, Wilson and La Stella

Cubs avoid arbitration with Bryant, Hendricks, Russell, Wilson and La Stella

The hot corner figures to be smoking Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, when players and team swap proposed salaries in arbitration.

Carrera earned $1,162,500 last season, when the 30-year-old Venezuelan played every outfield spot and batted.282 with eight homers and 20 RBIs in a career-high 131 games for the Blue Jays - 91 of those in left field. 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.

The Cubs and third baseman Kris Bryant reportedly reached a deal to give Bryant a record $10.85 million as a first-year arbitration-eligible player and avoid an arbitration hearing, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

Bryant's deal surpasses the $10 million deal Ryan Howard made with the Philadelphia Phillies before the 2008 season. I just feel so grateful and so honored to be with this team.

Cubs' Bryant gets $10.85M, record for 1st arbitration eligible

President of the Cubs Theo Epstein said that he felt Bryant received a fair as well as record award. All three were also arbitration eligible.

Three other Cubs players settled with the team on Friday.

Shortstop Addison Russell will get $3.2 million. Pitchers Justin Wilson agreed to $42.5 billion and Kyle Hendricks to $4.175 million, along with Tommy La Stella, an infielder, who agreed to $950,000.

Bryant has 94 home runs in his first three seasons in the big leagues to go with a.288 batting average and.388 on-base percentage. The Cubs won the World Series that year for the first time since 1908.

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