Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, and five others avoid arbitration

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The Chicago Cubs were able to avoid a salary arbitration hearing with all seven of their arbitration eligible players.

Even though salary arbitration was put in place to resolve salary disagreements between a player and a player’s organization, the process could potentially create a rift between both sides.  After each side submits their salary figure for the upcoming season, they will have the opportunity to plead their case before the arbitrators select one of the salary figures.

During this process, a player will argue for why they deserve their submitted salary figure and a player’s organization will argue for why the player should not be awarded their requested salary figure.  As the player’s organization has the same obvious goal of winning the salary arbitration hearing, they will have to explain their reasons at the expense of their own player.

An example of a salary arbitration hearing angering…

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