Cubs Sign Kris Bryant For $1.05M
The Chicago Cubs signed their National League MVP Kris Bryant to a $1.05 million, one-year deal, league sources confirmed Thursday night to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick. The contract makes him the highest-paid player in his second year of service time in MLB history.
Bryant was a big part of the Cubbies ending their 108-year World Series title drought last season. The 25-year-old’s deal surpasses the 2014 contract of Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout, who re-signed for $1 million.
With the signing, the Cubs gain an extra year of service out of Bryant before he can become a free agent. Bryant hit .292 with 39 homers and 102 RBIs in just his second year in the majors, helping the Cubs to their first World Series title since 1908. Bryant was the unanimous 2015 NL Rookie of the Year after he hit .275 with 26 homers and 99 RBIs.