Kris Bryant's $10.85M payday an Major League Baseball record

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Kris Bryant of the Cubs is one of several talented third basemen facing arbitration

In the hours before the Cubs Convention, the organization reached agreement with Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, Kyle Hendricks, Justin Wilson and Tommy La Stella. It's only fitting, as Bryant has already won an MVP, and while his power numbers fell off past year, he had a top-four OBP in the NL.

Toronto's Josh Donaldson, Baltimore's Manny Machado, Washington's Anthony Rendon and the Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant were among the more than 170 players headed to the exchange. Players hold little power over their pay in their first three seasons - often making little more than the league minimum - but earn the right to file for arbitration in years four through six should they feel they've earned greater pay based on past performance. Arbitration hearings are set up for next month, though the two sides could reach an agreement before then. He ranked third in WAR in 2016 and 16th last season.

Bryant agreed last March to a $1.05 million, one-year contract, a record for an unsigned player under club control with less than two years of major league service, and batted.295 with 29 homers and 73 RBIs. He's one of baseball's brightest young stars and overall players.

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Russell, a Pace High graduate, was an All-Star in 2016 and helped lead the Cubs to their first World Series title since 1908 that season.

Bryant and Russell, along with reliever Justin Grimm, will submit their salary requests to an arbitrator on Friday, according to ESPN's Jesse Rogers and other reports.

Theo Epstein's front office has never gone to arbitration with any player.

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