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Cubs reach agreement with Báez, Bryant, Contreras, Davies

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Kris Bryant, left, and Javy Baez
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The Cubs avoided arbitration hearings on Friday with Javier Báez, Kris Bryant, Willson Contreras and Zach Davies.

The Cubs agreed to terms with Báez ($11.65 million), Bryant ($19.5 million), Contreras ($6.65 million) and Davies ($8.63 million) on one-year contracts.

The Cubs had five arbitration-eligible players who were unsigned leading into the final day before Friday's noon deadline for unsigned players to file arbitration figures.

The settlements give all four raises from 2020 (before salaries were prorated). Báez earns a $1.65 million raise over last year, Bryant $900K, Contreras $2.15 million and Davies $3.38 million.

Outfielder Ian Happ was the only arbitration-eligible player who failed to reach an agreement with the team.

MORE: How Happ’s arbitration filing impacts Cubs offseason

Since Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer took over Cubs baseball operations nine years ago, only one arbitration player has gone to a hearing. In 2018, the Cubs beat reliever Justin Grimm, who had struggled and was released during spring training.

 
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