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Cubs avoid arbitration with Willson Contreras

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The Cubs catcher is signed for 2021.

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The information is dripping out ... drip... drip... drip:

The range of figures estimated for Willson Contreras by MLB Trade Rumors was between $5 million and $7.4 million, so they’re just a bit higher than the midpoint of those estimates.

That leaves three arb-eligible Cubs not yet reported as signed: Kris Bryant, Zach Davies and Ian Happ.

Below is some language I’m going to put in all the articles about Cubs 2021 arb player contracts, so bear with me, you’ll likely read it again.

Players and teams can still settle on a contract figure before going to an arb hearing. The last Cub to go to an arb hearing with the team was Justin Grimm in 2018. The Cubs “won” that when the arbitrator awarded Grimm the Cubs’ offer of $2.2 million instead of Grimm’s request of $2.475 million. Then the Cubs saved more money on Grimm by releasing him just before the date when they’d have had to pay him a larger portion of his contract.

“As always, we await developments.”