Going into the deadline, it was thought that Bryant could break the record for a player's first year of arbitration potentially surpassing Ryan Howard's $10M deal from 10 years ago.
No Cub has ever gone to arbitration with Theo Epstein in charge and it doesn't look like that will change this year. It's only fitting, as Bryant has already won an MVP, and while his power numbers fell off a year ago, he had a top-four OBP in the NL.
Bryant, who has received MVP votes in all three of his major league seasons, hit.295 with 29 home runs last season for the Cubs. This is the final year of contract control the Cubs have on him, and team brass has publicly acknowledged that fixing Wilson's form will be one of the primary tasks they ask of new pitching coach Jim Hickey.
He added that the records that take place on the field of play are much more important, as you do that yourself with the help of teammates, while helping the team, and you get paid in the millions of dollars for something you have loved to do since you were a young child.
Reliever Justin Grimm, pitcher Kyle Hendricks, infielder Tommy La Stella, and shortstop Addison Russell are also eligible for arbitration this season. For the season, Wilson had a 3.41 ERA in 65 appearances. He made $9.2 million.
Machado hit.259 with 33 homers and 95 RBIs a year ago, when he made $11.5 million. He was ranked No 3 in WAR during 2016 and No. 26 in 2017. In 2016, he had a 0.54 ERA and was ideal in save opportunities with a major league-leading 47.