The Cubs' 2019 payroll figure became a bit more clear on Friday, as the team agreed to deals with all seven of their arbitration-eligible players.
Of the seven players, shortstop Addison Russell — who is serving a 40-game suspension for domestic violence — has perhaps the most interesting contract. Russell's contract is worth $3.4 million, though he will lose about $600K while serving the remaining 28 games of his suspension.
Russell could recoup the lost salary through five bonuses if he is on the active roster for 30, 60, 90, 120 and 150 days, respectively. The shortstop made $3.2 million in 2018 and was projected to make $4.3 million in 2019, though his suspension surely affected the figure that he ultimately received.
Here are the salary figures for the other six arbitration-eligible Cubs:
-Javier Báez -$5.2 million
-Kris Bryant - $12.9 million
-Carl Edwards Jr. - $1.5 million
-Kyle Hendricks - $7.405 million
-Mike Montgomery - $2.44 million
-Kyle Schwarber -$3.39 million
Despite this offseason being his first as an arbitration player, Báez's salary is the biggest surprise of the group. Not only was he the Cubs' best player in 2018, but he also finished second in the National League Most Valuable Player voting. In fact, MLB Trade Rumors projected Báez to receive $7.1 million.
Bryant, who is in his second year of arbitration, will see his salary increase modestly from 2018. His $10.85 million salary last season set the record for the highest awarded to a first-year arbitration player. Hendricks, who is also a second-year arbitration player, will receive a substantial raise from the $4.175 that he made in 2018.
Edwards Jr. ($594,000), Montgomery ($611,250) and Schwarber ($604,500) will all receive handsome raises from 2018. However, they were not eligible for arbitration until this offseason, hence the hefty raises.
If Russell does ultimately recoup the $600K, the Cubs will pay the aforementioned seven players about $36.235 million combined, short of the $38.9 million total projected by MLBTR. The difference here is marginal, but it's worthy to note when considering how the Cubs' budget constraints have been discussed at length.
Including the estimated $14.5 million for player bonuses and $2.2 million for minor league players on the 40-man roster, Friday's deals will push the Cubs' projected 2019 Opening Day payroll to a little more than $225 million.
The projection does not account for any additions that the Cubs could still make, such as adding bullpen help and/or a backup catcher. Regardless, the fact of the matter is that the Cubs will surpass MLB's $206 million luxury tax threshold by a wide-margin. Hopefully this puts things into perspective for any fans clamoring for the Cubs to make more offseason moves.Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Cubs easily on your device.