Heyman: Cubs' Kris Bryant makes history with 2017 salary

Coming off an MVP season, Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant has set a new financial standard.

That lost service time may continue to haunt Bryant until 2022, when he becomes eligible for free agency. Earlier this week, outfielder Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Sox signed a deal to make $950,000 this upcoming season.

The reigning National League Most Valuable Player's contract surpassed Mike Trout's, which was worth $1 million, during his second year of service with the Los Angeles Angels in 2014.

The Cubs and 25 players with zero to three years of major-league service agreed to terms on 2017 contracts, the team announced.

Slated to once again be one of the top performers in all of baseball, Bryant only has four hits through nine at-bats in four games of Spring Training. In 2016, Bryant improved on his debut campaign in virtually every respect, producing a.292/.385/.554 line while bashing 39 homers (good for third in the NL) and driving in 102 runs.

This year's major-league minimum salary is $535,000. Both figures raised some eyebrows around the league considering the performance level of the players involved.

Thursday, Bryant already re-set one financial threshold, reportedly agreeing to the highest pre-arbitration salary ever. He fell short because the Cubs called him up 12 days after Opening Day 2015.

In the meantime, it appears the Cubs will do their best t keep their young star happy.

  • Julie Sanders