Kris Bryant put up another big number on Friday.
Bryant agreed to a $10.85 million, one-year deal with the Chicago Cubs, a record for a player eligible for arbitration for the first time.
“I guess for some players it might be stressful, but I really enjoyed the whole process of it,” Bryant said before the start of the team’s annual fan convention. “You play to get to this point in your career, and I’ve put in so much hard work behind the scenes to get to this point. It just feels so rewarding.”
The previous mark was held by former Philadelphia slugger Ryan Howard, who was awarded $10 million by a three-person panel in 2008. The Cubs and Bryant avoided arbitration, and the 26-year-old third baseman receives a hefty raise after making $1.05 million last year.
“I don’t look at money records,” Bryant said. “I guess the records on the field are way more important, because when you’re doing that, you know, you’re helping the team. But it really is a cherry on top when you get paid millions of dollars to do something that you’ve loved since you were 4 years old.”
The Cubs also reached one-year deals with right-hander Kyle Hendricks ($4,175,000), shortstop Addison Russell ($3.2 million) reliever Justin Wilson ($4.25 million) and infielder Tommy La Stella ($950,000). The team exchanged figures with reliever Justin Grimm, but president of baseball…