CHICAGO — The Cubs on Friday avoided arbitration with three players and exchanged figures with three others, including third baseman Kris Bryant and shortstop Addison Russell, who are both arbitration eligible for the first time.

Pitchers Kyle Hendricks and Justin Wilson and infielder Tommy La Stella agreed to one-year deals. Bryant, Russell and right-hander Justin Grimm did not, as the two sides exchanged salary figures before the 12 p.m. CT deadline. The Cubs and the players’ agents can continue talks, but if no agreement is reached, an arbitrator will determine the salary figure at a hearing between Jan. 29 and Feb. 16.

CHICAGO — The Cubs on Friday avoided arbitration with three players and exchanged figures with three others, including third baseman Kris Bryant and shortstop Addison Russell, who are both arbitration eligible for the first time.

Pitchers Kyle Hendricks and Justin Wilson and infielder Tommy La Stella agreed to one-year deals. Bryant, Russell and right-hander Justin Grimm did not, as the two sides exchanged salary figures before the 12 p.m. CT deadline. The Cubs and the players’ agents can continue talks, but if no agreement is reached, an arbitrator will determine the salary figure at a hearing between Jan. 29 and Feb. 16.

The Cubs do not follow the “file and trial” philosophy.

Hendricks, who started Game 1 of the National League Division Series, signed a one-year, $4.175 million contract, while Wilson agreed to a $4.25 million deal. It marks a significant pay raise for Hendricks, 28, who made $760,500 last season when he went 7-5 with a 3.03 ERA in 24 starts, missing time because of a right hand injury.

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Wilson, 30, scuffled with the Cubs, posting a 5.09 ERA in 23 games compared to the 2.68 ERA in 42 outings he compiled with the Tigers. He made $2.7 million last season.

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A key left-handed bat off the bench, La Stella, who turns 29 on Jan. 31, batted .288 in 73 games last season. He agreed to a $950,000 contract after making $573,000 in 2017.

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Bryant, Russell, Hendricks and La Stella were all first-year arbitration eligible. This was Grimm’s second year and Wilson’s third year.

Bryant, 26, who earned National League Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player honors in 2015 and ’16, respectively, is expected to receive the biggest payday among the group after making $1.05 million in ’17. Last season, Bryant hit .295 with 29 homers, 38 doubles and 73 RBIs, and finished seventh in the MVP balloting.

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.



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