The Cubs have reportedly settled with a host of their arbitration-eligible players, including suspended shortstop Addison Russell.
Russell is reported to be getting a one-year deal worth $3.4 million, with bonuses built in should he be on the major league roster for a certain number of days this season following the conclusion of his suspension — handed down by Major League Baseball at the end of last season in the wake of detailed descriptions of mental, emotional and physical abuse by Russell's ex-wife, Melisa Reidy — which will last through roughly the first month of the season.
Some of that $3.4 million will be taken out of Russell's salary while he's suspended, so the bonuses allow him a chance to make that money back should he stay on the roster, as explained by the Sun-Times' Gordon Wittenmeyer.
Russell, who will lose about 540K of his 3.4M base because of DV suspension to start season, recoups all of that if he reaches 4 bonuses of 100K for 30, 60, 90, 120 days on active roster and final 200K bonus for 150 days. https://t.co/6vPWTiWXWr— Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) January 11, 2019
Russell, though, wasn't the only Cub to reportedly agree to a new deal and avoid the arbitration process. Reports have numbers for third baseman Kris Bryant, NL MVP runner-up Javy Báez, starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks, outfielder Kyle Schwarber, swingman Mike Montgomery and relief pitcher C.J. Edwards.
Source: The Cubs have reached agreements with Kris Bryant ($12.9 million) and Javier Baez ($5.2 million), avoiding arbitration hearings against two of their biggest stars.— Patrick Mooney (@PJ_Mooney) January 11, 2019
Javier Baez settles at 5.2M #cubs— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 11, 2019
Kyle Hendricks receives $7.405 million deal with #Cubs on one year deal, avoiding arbitration— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) January 11, 2019
Kyle Schwarber gets $3.39 million from #Cubs— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) January 11, 2019
Montgomery avoids arbitration with $2.44m deal— Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) January 11, 2019
Source: The Cubs and reliever Carl Edwards Jr. have settled on a one-year, $1.5 million contract, avoiding arbitration.— Patrick Mooney (@PJ_Mooney) January 11, 2019
These numbers have long been projected, but with the contracts officially agreed to, the Cubs now have an even more exact layout of their 2019 payroll, a big roadblock in their ability to augment the roster this offseason.