The Cubs on Friday avoided arbitration with five players, including third baseman Kris Bryant, who signed for $10.85 million, a record for a first-year arbitration-eligible player.
Shortstop Addison Russell, pitchers Kyle Hendricks and Justin Wilson and infielder Tommy La Stella also agreed to one-year deals. Right-hander Justin Grimm did not agree to a new contract after the two sides exchanged salary figures.
Bryant's raise topped Ryan Howard's record salary for a first-year arbitration-eligible player. Howard, who, like Bryant, earned National League Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player Award honors in his first two seasons, received $10 million in 2008.
Bryant, 26, who won those awards in 2015 and '16, respectively, received a big boost from his '17 salary of $1.05 million. Last season, Bryant hit .295 with 29 homers, 38 doubles and 73 RBIs, and finished seventh in the MVP balloting.
Russell agreed to a $3.2 million contract, Hendricks -- who started Game 1 of the 2017 NL Division Series -- finalized a one-year, $4.175 million contract, and Wilson signed a $4.25 million deal. It's a significant pay raise for Hendricks, 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.
Wilson, 30, who will be a free agent after this season, posted a 5.09 ERA in 23 outings with the Cubs compared to a 2.68 ERA in 42 games with the Tigers. The lefty made $2.7 million last season.
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.
Bryant, Russell, Hendricks and La Stella were all first-year arbitration-eligible. This was Grimm's second year and Wilson's third year.
The Cubs and Grimm 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. Friday marked the deadline for players and teams to exchange salary figures.