Chicago Cubs' 5 biggest projected arbitration salaries revealed

A look at the five Cubs players slated for the biggest arbitration salaries.

1

Kris Bryant - $12.4 million

Of the five players here, Bryant has the highest projected arbitration salary. However, he could be getting a raise of just $1.55 million over his 2018 earnings ($10.85 million). The key, for Bryant, will be returning for a healthy campaign for the 2019 MLB season.

2

Kyle Hendricks - $7.6 million

Over the course of the 2018 season, Hendricks compiled a record of 14-11 overall, with a 3.44 ERA and 161 strikeouts. Those aren't career-high numbers, but they rank statistically among his three best seasons with Chi-Town since 2014. He's due a pay raise of at least $3.43 million over his 2018 salary ($4.175 million).

3

Javier Baez - $7.1 million

Baez is coming off an MVP-worthy season, so his pay boost is well-deserved. He'll receive the biggest raise of the five players here, possibly jumping up $6.44 million from his paltry $657,000 in 2018. Fans loved what they saw from Javy this past season, and are hoping for more of the same next go-round.

4

Addison Russell - $4.3 million

Russell is the intriguing situation of the bunch. He was suspended 40 games under the league's domestic policy. It will be interesting to see how the Cubs proceed with him. He's expected to get a pay raise of $1.1 million.

5

Kyle Schwarber - $3.1 million

Schwarber is expected to get a pay boost of about $2.5 million, which is third-highest behind Baez and Hendricks. There have been debates over just how high the Cubs are on Hendricks. The young star has big expectations from the city of Chicago, so it'll be interesting to see how it develops.

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