Cubs agree to terms with 25 players on 2017 contracts … Kris Bryant sets pre-arbitration record
The following players have agreed to 2017 contract terms:
According to multiple reports, the reigning NL Most Valuable Player Kris Bryant has set a record for the highest salary ever for a pre-arbitration eligible player. After being paid $652,000 coming off the NL Rookie of the Year Award last season, the Cubs and Bryant agreed to terms on a $1.05 million contract for the 2017 season. Bryant surpassed the $1 million salary Mike Trout received for the 2014 season.
Kris Bryant is arbitration eligible for the first time next year.
The Cubs will also pay Kyle Hendricks ($760,500), Addison Russell ($644,000), Javier Baez ($609,000) and Kyle Schwarber ($565,500) more than the league minimum for an automatic renewal player.
The Major League minimum salary for the 2017 season is $535,000, an increase of $27,500 from the $507,500 minimum last year.
Updated March 10, 7:50am CDT: According to Jon Heyman, the Cubs and Willson Contreras agreed on a one-year deal worth $544,500. The Cubs will pay Contreras a little more than the league minimum this season.