The Cubs have created a very solid reputation for avoiding arbitration, and that lasted Friday.

Chicago avoided arbitration with 2018 NL MVP runner-up Javier Baez, 2016 NL MVP Kris Bryant and five other players.

The Cubs have created a very solid reputation for avoiding arbitration, and that lasted Friday.

Chicago avoided arbitration with 2018 NL MVP runner-up Javier Baez, 2016 NL MVP Kris Bryant and five other players.

Baez can create $5.2 million after earning $657,000 in’18. Bryant’s contract is for $12.9 million, up from $10.85 million final season.

Based on multiple accounts, the Cubs avoided arbitration with right-hander Kyle Hendricks ($7.405 million), outfielder Kyle Schwarber ($3.39 million), lefty Mike Montgomery ($2.44 million), righty Carl Edwards Jr.. ($1.5 million) and shortstop Addison Russell ($3.4 million). Noon CT on Friday marked the deadline to exchange proposed salary arbitration figures with players that were qualified.

The Cubs haven’t supported the accounts.

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Under president of operations Theo Epstein, who joined Chicago’s front office ahead of the 2012 season, the Cubs went to a mediation hearing just one time, once the team prevailed past winter in Justin Grimm‘s instance. The Cubs typically take a file-and-trial strategy, meaning no arrangement with Friday’s deadline would result in an arbitration panel settling any cases.

Hendricks’ reported wages — in his 2nd year of mediation — is just really a rise from the $4.175 million he made last season with the Cubs. The right-hander went 14-11 with a 3.44 ERA in a team-leading 199 innings during 2018.

Schwarber, who is in his first year of mediation, hit .238 with 26 home runs, 61 RBIs and also an .823 OPS in 137 games for the Cubs last season. Over the previous couple of years joined, the 25-year-old slugger has belted 56 homers across 266 games.

Montgomery — also eligible for the first time — submitted a 3.99 ERA in 38 games, including 19 starts, last season for Chicago. As things currently stand, the lefty appears ticketed for the bullpen, given that the Cubs have five novices locked into place (supposing is healthy and prepared in time for Opening Day in his return from right elbow surgery in September).

Edwards (first year of arbitration) turned into a 2.60 ERA in 58 games in 2018 and has a 2.81 ERA with 12.2 strikeouts per nine innings in 131 games across the previous two seasons.

In accordance with USA Today, Russell can earn up to $600,000 in bonus money, depending on how many games he buys on the MLB roster in 2019. Russell is going to be ineligible to play for the Cubs before May 3 because of serving the remainder of a 40-game suspension for violating MLB’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy. He made $3.2 million final season.