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Cubs settle on one-year deal with Kris Bryant in lieu of arbitration

Cubs settle on one-year deal with Kris Bryant in lieu of arbitration

This isn't the Kris Bryant grievance news the entire Cubs fanbase — and the team — is waiting for, but the organization has settled on a 2020 salary figure for the superstar.

The Cubs and Bryant have reached an agreement on a one-year, $18.6 million deal, as first reported by ESPN's Jeff Passan Friday morning:

That's essentially what Bryant was projected at, as MLB Trade Rumors pegged him to receive $18.5 in 2020, his third year of arbitration. He made $12.9 million in 2019 and $10.85 million in 2018 (his first year of arbitration).

This deal doesn't have any impact on the Bryant service-time grievance, but that decision, expected in the next two weeks, is likely to result in Bryant remaining under team control for two more seasons.

Because he was called up as a "Super Two" player (as he made his debut so early in the 2015 season), Bryant is eligible for four years of arbitration instead of the typical three years afforded to players.

The 28-year-old had a bounceback season last year, hitting 31 homers and posting a .903 OPS with 108 runs despite battling a knee injury that affected him for much of the second half of the year.

In the big picture, it doesn't help the Cubs save any money for the 2020 payroll, so this doesn't push Theo Epstein's front office any closer to making moves in free agency. However, it does help settle one of the unknowns for other teams on the trade market as the Cubs continue to shop Bryant in an effort to fortify their team beyond 2021 while simultaneously shedding payroll in 2020.

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Cubs reliever Brad Wieck undergoes procedure for irregular heartbeat

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Cubs reliever Brad Wieck undergoes procedure for irregular heartbeat

Cubs reliever Brad Wieck underwent a cardiac ablation procedure on Monday for an abnormal heartbeat, the club announced on Thursday.

Cubs' head physician Dr. Stephen Adams discovered an intermittent atrial flutter during Wieck's pre-spring training physical earlier this month. The left-hander returned to Chicago and underwent a procedure on Monday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital to prevent a recurrence of the flutter.

Wieck returned to Arizona on Wednesday and will rest for the next week or so. The Cubs will then determine when the 28-year-old will begin his throwing program.

Former Cub Mark DeRosa underwent a similar procedure in spring training 2008 and did not miss the start of the season.

Wieck entered camp as a favorite to claim a job in the Cubs' Opening Day bullpen. He impressed after the club acquired him from the Padres last July, posting a 3.60 ERA in 14 appearances.

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Baseball Prospectus takes shot at Addison Russell in their latest annual

Baseball Prospectus takes shot at Addison Russell in their latest annual

Addison Russell is no longer with the Cubs and he hasn’t yet found a new home in baseball, but he hasn’t escaped being on the receiving end of some tough shots.

Baseball Prospectus, which produces a book each year with team and player capsules, breakdowns and projections, took such a shot. Their blurb for Russell is short and direct.


“The 24-hour national domestic violence hotline number is 800-799-7233.”

Russell was infamously suspended for domestic abuse late in 2018. He returned to the Cubs in 2019, but was not tendered a contract after the season, making him a free agent.

Russell hasn’t found a new landing place with spring training already underway. With this still hanging over his head, it’s no secret as to why.

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