Cubs agree to deal with Justin Wilson


"The records on the field are way more important because when you're doing that, you're helping the team. you get paid millions of dollars to do something you've loved since you were 4 years old".

Only reliever Justin Grimm remained unsigned among the Cubs' players eligible for arbitration as of late Friday afternoon.

Earlier Friday, the Blue Jays settled with third baseman Josh Donaldson - the former Cubs farmhand - for an overall one-year arbitration contract record of $23 million. Bryant, of course, has earned every penny, winning one National League MVP award and finishing in the top-11 in voting each of his first three years in the majors.

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Hendricks just turned 28 this week and emerged as the organization's choice to pitch Game 1 of the postseason past year against the Dodgers in the NLDS. However, the two sides finally came to an agreement and avoided arbitration. He's in the first year of arbitration and has a career 2.94 ERA, 1.098 WHIP and finished third in the NL Cy Young voting in 2016. The Cubs won the World Series that year for the first time since 1908. The Cubs have never gone to arbitration with a player in the Theo Epstein-Jed Hoyer era.

The team also also avoided arbitration with reliever Justin Wilson who they acquired from the Detroit Tigers back in July of 2017.