Though the delay in reporting initially made it seem as though the Cubs might be heading to the arbitration table with more than one player for the first time in decades, that won’t be the case. Kris Bryant, easily the most costly of their arbitration-eligible players after service time manipulation granted the team an extra year of control, settled for $19.5 million Friday afternoon.
Per source, Kris Bryant avoids arb with 1/year, $19.5M deal. Zach Davies with 1-year, $8.63M.
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) January 15, 2021
New acquisition Zach Davies settled for $8.63 million in his final year of arbitration, a raise of roughly $3.5 million. The Bryant deal represents a raise of just $900,000 over last season, the smallest of any of the Cubs’ four reported figures to this point.