Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Sets first-year arb record

Sets first-year arb record

Bryant receives a huge, well-deserved pay raise for the former MVP and NL Rookie of the Year that has turned into one of the faces of baseball. He walked 95 times in 2017 after never eclipsing 80 in a season and struck out just 128 times compared to 353 combined over his first two seasons.

MLB Trade Rumors predicted the salary figures for the five players at $8.9 million (Bryant), $4.9 million (Hendricks), $4.3 million (Wilson), $2.3 million (Russell) and $1 million (La Stella).

Donaldson, 32, is a three-time All-Star and the 2015 AL MVP. He ranked third in WAR in 2016 and 16th last season. Donaldson earned $17 million last year in the final season of a $28.65 million, two-year deal.

Rendon set career bests with a.301 average, 25 homers and 100 RBIs for the Nationals and made $5.8 million.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times' Gordon Wittenmyer, the Cubs and their star third baseman on Friday agreed to a $10.85 million salary for 2018, a record for a first-year arbitration-eligible player.

His resume to date includes, in successive years, college player of the year as a junior at Dollars, minor league player of the year his first full season as a pro, NL Rookie of the Year the next season and the NL MVP during the Cubs' championship run in 2016. Arizona (12) and Boston (10) have the most players eligible for arbitration.

Arbitration hearings for players are generally scheduled for early February. Right-hander Justin Grimm is the only arbitration-eligible player left who has not signed a deal.

Teams have a 302-224 edge since arbitration started in 1974.

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