The Cubs announced Friday the team has agreed to 2016 contract terms with 21 players on their 40-man roster with zero-to-three years of major league service. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed by the team.
The following players have agreed to 2016 contract terms: RHP Dallas Beeler, RHP Aaron Brooks, RHP Carl Edwards Jr., RHP Kyle Hendricks, RHP Pierce Johnson, RHP Spencer Patton, RHP Neil Ramirez, LHP Eric Jokisch, LHP C.J. Riefenhauser, LHP Zac Rosscup, C Willson Contreras, C/OF Kyle Schwarber, INF/OF Arismendy Alcantara, INF/OF Javier Baez, 3B Kris Bryant, 3B Jeimer Candelario, INF Tommy La Stella, SS Addison Russell, INF Christian Villanueva, 1B Dan Vogelbach and OF Matt Szczur.
The Major League minimum for the 2016 season is $507,500 and several of the Cubs automatic renewal players will make more than the minimum this year.
Bryant batted .275/.369/.488 with 31 doubles, five triples and 26 home runs for a .858 OPS. Bryant set Cubs rookie records for home runs (26) and RBI (99) while playing five different positions for Joe Maddon last year.
Javier Baez ($521,000) and Kyle Hendricks ($541,000) signed split major-minor league contracts.
Addison Russell ($527,000), Kyle Schwarber ($522,000) and Tommy La Stella ($532,000) will reportedly receive more than the minimum for the season. Russell and Schwarber were renewed for the first time after being added to the Cubs’ 40-man roster last season. La Stella has more service time (1.124) in the big leagues than, Russell (0.167), Schwarber (0.086), Baez (0.089) and Hendricks (1.081).