Cubs avoid arbitration with Justin Wilson


The Chicago Cubs and Kris Bryant came down to the wire with arbitration talks on Friday before 1 p.m.'s deadline.

Five of the six players eligible for arbitration reportedly agreed to deals with the team Friday with only Justin Grimm on the outside looking in.

Bryant, 26, is one of three players, along with Buster Posey and Howard to win both the Rookie of the Year and MVP before becoming arbitration eligible. Russell is aiming to put a rough 2017 season behind him and take another step forward in his development in 2018.

Wilson was part of the trade with Alex Avila for Cubs prospects Jeimer Candelario and Isaac Paredes.

And utility infielder Tommy La Stella signed a $950,000 contract.

Hendricks just turned 28 this week and emerged as the organization's choice to pitch Game 1 of the postseason previous year against the Dodgers in the NLDS. As a whole last season, which was split between the Cubs and Tigers, the seasoned southpaw tallied a 3.41 ERA, 80 strikeouts and 35 walks. The Cubs won the World Series that year for the first time since 1908. However, the two sides finally came to an agreement and avoided arbitration.

As Jesse Rogers points out, the Cubs have never had an arbitration hearing under the Theo Epstein regime.