The hot corner figures to be smoking Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, when players and team swap proposed salaries in arbitration.
Bryant settled with the Chicago Cubs at $10.85 million, the most for a player eligible for arbitration for the first time. He's likely to be one of baseball's hottest commodities within coming years, the Cubs are doing everything they can to keep him in Chicago.
Cubs and 3B Kris Bryant avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $10.85 million contract.
While Donaldson broke a mark set past year, Bryant's deal eclipsed the previous mark was held by Philadelphia's Ryan Howard, who was awarded $10 million by a three-person panel in 2008. Bryant added that he was grateful and honored to be part of the Chicago Cubs.
In hopes to avoid Theo Epstein's first arbitration hearing since taking over as President in 2012.
Bryant, 26, is one of three players, along with Buster Posey and Howard to win both the Rookie of the Year and MVP before becoming arbitration eligible.
During this first three big league seasons, Ryan has hit 98 homers to go along with his.288 batting average and on-base percentage of.388. He ranked third in WAR in 2016 and 16th last season.
Reliever Justin Grimm, pitcher Kyle Hendricks, infielder Tommy La Stella, and shortstop Addison Russell are also eligible for arbitration this season. The Cubs won the NL Central but were eliminated in the NL Championship series by the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games.