Cubs Arbitration Signings Are Coming Today (UPDATES: All Players Signed)

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Cubs Arbitration Signings Are Coming Today (UPDATES: All Players Signed)

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Today is the day arbitration-eligible players and teams must exchange salary requests for 2020 in the absence of an earlier agreement on a contract. That is to say … a lot of agreements are coming.

We’ll track the signings today in this post, and update with useful, related information/rumors as relevant (anyone gonna sign an extension today?!?).

Here are the players (together with estimated arbitration price tags via MLBTR, arb years, and what they made last year) who’ll be agreeing to deals with the Cubs today, or will be exchanging salary figures and proceeding to arbitration next month:

  • Kris Bryant – $18.5M (3rd of 4 arbitration years) ($12.9M in 2019)
  • Javier Baez – $9.3M (2nd of 3 arbitration years) ($5.2M in 2019)
  • Kyle Schwarber – $8.0M (2nd of 3 arbitration years) ($3.39M in 2019)
  • Willson Contreras – $4.5M (1st of 3 arbitration years) (pre-arb in 2019)
  • Albert Almora – $1.8M (1st of 3 arbitration years) (pre-arb in 2019)
  • Kyle Ryan – $1.1M (1st of 4 arbitration years) (pre-arb in 2019)

UPDATE: The first news is arguably the biggest news, as Kris Bryant has reportedly agreed to a one-year deal worth $18.6M in 2020, avoiding the need to go through arbitration.

Now, as a one-year pact, this doesn’t actually have any effect on the outcome of his grievance. In fact, we were holding out some hope (and the league probably was, too) that the two sides would come to some sort of two-year deal nixing the need for the grievance in the first place. Alas, that remains an outstanding issue that this decidedly does not resolve. Still, it’s good to see them avoid arbitration, because that does make things a little simpler and more streamlined.

For what it’s worth, there is now nothing standing in the way of the grievance being resolved.

UPDATE 2: Albert Almora comes in under the projection, which maybe isn’t a huge surprise, given that his was a dicey tender in the first place:

Note that arbitration-level agreements are not fully guaranteed. If a guy is healthy but isn’t going to make the team in Spring Training, he can be cut for termination pay (30 days or 45 days, depending on when he’s cut).

UPDATE 3: Like Almora, Kyle Ryan comes in a good bit below his MLBTR estimate:

Given the Cubs’ currently razor-thin margin with the luxury tax, I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that they hoped to save as much money as possible – even small amounts – in these negotiations today.

UPDATE 4: Willson Contreras lands exactly on his MLBTR projection:

And Kyle Schwarber gets a very small amount over $7 million for some reason:

UPDATE 5: And there’s the last one, with Javy Baez doing MUCH better than he did last year:

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.