Several guys projected for big-time pay raises this winter

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Headlined by likely MVP finalist Javier Baez, several Chicago Cubs players will likely receive major pay increases via arbitration this offseason.

Yesterday, I delved into the financial implications (at least in the immediate future) of the Chicago Cubs signing either Manny Machado or Bryce Harper this offseason. And, right on cue, MLBTR released their initial round of arbitration projections for the coming months.

The big winner? Cubs infielder Javier Baez – who goes through the arbitration process first time this winter on the heels of a massive breakout campaign. Other big-time raises appear likely for Kyle Hendricks, Kyle Schwarber, Mike Montgomery and former National League MVP Kris Bryant.

At season’s end, the Cubs’ 2018 payroll sat at $194.2 million, according to Spotrac. That comes in just under the competitive balance tax mark of $197 million, a figure that…

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