Kris Bryant and Javier Baez were among seven arbitration-eligible players who agreed to 1-year deals with the Cubs on Friday.
Bryant received $12.9 million, a $2 million raise from his 2018 salary – which was the largest for a player in his first year of eligibility. Baez settled for $5.2 million in his first year of eligibility, a $4.6 million raise from 2018, when he finished second in National League MVP voting.
Suspended shortstop Addison Russell received a slight raise, signing a $3.4 million, 1-year deal to avoid arbitration. That’s only $200,000 more than he made in 2018, when Russell had a poor offensive year and was placed on administrative leave and then suspended in September for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic-violence policy.
The Cubs also agreed to terms with Kyle Schwarber, who will earn $3.39 million in his first year of being an arbitration-eligible player. He made $605,000…