Bryant, Russell Reportedly Fail to Reach New Deals With Cubs


It's only fitting, as Bryant has already won an MVP, and while his power numbers fell off previous year, he had a top-four OBP in the NL. Despite last year's disappointing postseason, the Cubs enter 2018 among World Series favorites.

Coming off a 2017 season riddled with injuries, off-the-field issues and a batting average that has yet to catch up to his elite defensive skills, the 23-year-old Russell has been the subject of trade rumors recently. He's in the first year of arbitration and has a career 2.94 ERA, 1.098 WHIP and finished third in the NL Cy Young voting in 2016.

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.

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Major League Baseball teams generally have control over a player for their first six full the Major League Baseball. "I just feel so grateful and so honored to be with this team". Earlier Friday, the Cubs settled with reliever Justin Wilson ($4.25 million), right-hander Kyle Hendricks ($4.125 million) and infielder Tommy La Stella ($950,000).

MLBTR predicts Grimm will get $2.4 million. That figure is the most a first-year arbitration-eligible player has ever received, topping the $10-million mark that Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard set in 2008. However, the two sides finally came to an agreement and avoided arbitration. He batted.295 with 29 home runs and 73 RBIs last season.

The MLB opened an investigation into Russell on June 7, 2017, after he was the subject of domestic violence allegations from his wife, Melisa, and one of her friends via an Instagram post.