The beginning of Kris Bryant’s profession has been unprecedented. So is his first massive pay day.
In accordance with the Chicago Solar-Occasions’ Gordon Wittenmyer, the Cubs and their star third baseman on Friday agreed to a $10.eighty five million wage for 2018, a report for a primary-yr arbitration-eligible participant.
The previous watermark belonged to Ryan Howard, who – like Bryant – had already been a rookie of the yr and an MVP earlier than the Phillies’ rewarded him with a $10 million wage for the 2008 marketing campaign.
In fact, that was Howard’s Age 28 season.
Bryant turned 26 final week.
His resume so far consists of, in successive years, school participant of the yr as a junior at USD, minor league participant of the yr his first full season as a professional, NL Rookie of the Yr the subsequent season and the NL MVP in the course of the Cubs’ championship run in 2016.
No different participant had ever completed that feat.
In that regard, Bryant appeared to let up – ever so barely in 2017.
Eligible for arbitration underneath Tremendous 2 guidelines, Bryant missed the All-Star Recreation for the primary time, noticed his homer numbers fall from 39 to 29 whilst his OPS rose from .939 to .946 and his RBI complete drop from 102 to seventy three.
Bryant completed seventh in MVP voting behind Giancarlo Stanton (302 factors), Joey Votto (300), Paul Goldschmidt (239), Nolan Arenado (229), Charlie Blackmon (205) and Anthony Rendon (141).
Bryant’s $10.eighty five million wage is greater than 10 occasions final yr’s $1.05 million payday, which was additionally a report for a pre-arbitration-eligible participant.
Time will inform if the Cubs’ generosity will play nicely with Bryant’s agent, the infamous Scott Boras, when Bryant reaches free company in 2022.
It definitely gained’t harm after the 2 events squabbled over the Cubs showing to purposely postpone Bryant free company by a yr by beginning him within the minors in 2015.
The Cubs, on the time, stated Bryant wanted extra minor league seasoning.
Clearly, he didn’t.
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