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Reports: Cubs agree to 2021 deals with Kris Bryant, Javier Baez

Field Level Media
16 Jan 2021, 09:55 GMT+10

The Chicago Cubs avoided arbitration with stars Kris Bryant and Javier Baez on Friday, according to multiple reports.

Bryant agreed to a one-year, $19.5 million deal, while Baez agreed to a one-year, $11.65 million contract.

Chicago also agreed to deals with two-time All-Star catcher Willson Contreras ($6.65 million) and right-hander Zach Davies ($8.63 million).

Both Bryant and Baez are slated to become free agents following the 2021 season.

Bryant, a three-time All-Star, struggled in the shortened 2020 season when he batted just .206 with four homers and 11 RBIs.

Overall, the 2016 National League MVP has a .280 career average with 142 homers and 414 RBIs in 740 games over six seasons.

Bryant, 29, batted .292 with 39 homers and 102 RBIs when he won the MVP in 2016. He was the No. 2 overall pick by the Cubs in the 2013 draft and was NL Rookie of the Year in 2015.

Baez batted just .203 with eight homers and 24 RBIs during the shortened 2020 season.

The 28-year-old is a two-time All-Star who finished second in National League MVP balloting in 2018. He established career bests of a .290 average, 34 homers and 111 RBIs that season.

Overall, Baez has a .264 career average with 118 homers and 378 RBIs in 724 games over parts of seven seasons with the Cubs.

Contreras, 28, batted .243 with seven homers and 26 RBIs in 2020. He has a .265 average with 74 homers and 253 RBIs in 493 games over five seasons with Chicago.

Davies was recently acquired as part of the package traded to Chicago for right-hander Yu Darvish, who was traded to the San Diego Padres.

The 27-year-old was 7-4 with a 2.73 ERA in 12 starts in his lone season with the Padres. Overall, he is 50-36 with a 3.79 ERA in 123 career starts over six seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers (2015-19) and San Diego.

--Field Level Media

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