Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
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Addison Russell signs pre-arbitration contract with Cubs

Addison Russell signs pre-arbitration contract with Cubs

In addition to Russell's deal, the Cubs signed the other arbitration-eligible players on the deadline day for players and clubs to exchange salary figures for arbitration if they don't reach agreements. Baez settled for $5.2 million in his first year of eligibility, a $4.6 million raise from 2018, when he finished second in National League Most Valuable Player voting. Combined with Kyle Hendricks' $7.4 million, the Cubs are trending right around those early projections.

Montgomery, who made $611,250 past year, played a critical role in the Cubs' 95-win season when he left the bullpen to make a career-high 19 starts with a 3.69 ERA, filling in for the injured Yu Darvish and ineffective Tyler Chatwood.

The 2016 World Series champ is coming off a 14-11 campaign on the North Side in which he posted a 3.44 ERA.

Outfielder Kyle Schwarber agreed to a 3.39-million deal for 2019.

Suspended shortstop Addison Russell agreed to a contract that's worth $3.4 million in base salary with incentives that could make the deal worth up to $4 million, the Sun-Times reported.

Russell's 40-game suspension without pay under Major League Baseball's joint domestic violence policy with the players' union doesn't specifically factor into the arcane arbitration system, according to a source who's familiar with the process, describing it in terms of "double jeopardy". He hit.238 with 26 homers, 61 RBIs and an.823 OPS in 137 games last season. He can also make up to $600,000 in incentives if he's on the active roster for up to 150 days. That's around $290,000 more than MLB Trade Rumors had projected and is roughly $2.7 million more than he earned last season.

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