Kris Bryant’s record-breaking contract was the headliner today, but his was not the only pre-arbitration deal finalized by the Cubs.
Today, the team announced contracts for the full slate of pre-arbitration players on the 40-man roster:
The terms were not disclosed by the Cubs, though we heard about Bryant’s record deal, earlier heard about Addison Russell’s healthy raise, and Gordon Wittenmyer has tweeted out some of the more notable deals (including, for example, Kyle Hendricks getting a very solid bump to $760,500 after his near-Cy Young run). On the whole, the Cubs have a clear preference for giving their pre-arbitration players a set amount above the minimum, depending on service time and performance. It’s not what every team does, but it’s the right thing to do.