But before all of that can start, there's some business to take care of.
MLB Trade Rumors predicted the salary figures for the five players at $8.9 million (Bryant), $4.9 million (Hendricks), $4.3 million (Wilson), $2.3 million (Russell) and $1 million (La Stella). Going into the deadline, it was thought that Bryant could break the record for a player's first year of arbitration potentially surpassing Ryan Howard's $10M deal from 10 years ago. The 27-year-old is eligible for free agency after the 2019 season.
Bryant, 26, is one of three players, along with Buster Posey and Howard to win both the Rookie of the Year and MVP before becoming arbitration eligible.
Eligible for arbitration under Super 2 rules, Bryant missed the All-Star Game for the first time, saw his homer numbers fall from 39 to 29 even as his OPS rose from.939 to.946 and his RBI total drop from 102 to 73. Right-hander Justin Grimm is the only arbitration-eligible player left who has not signed a deal.
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For players and teams who fail to reach agreements, hearings will be scheduled for January 29-Feb.
While Russell's talent is undeniable, his middle-of-the-road offensive statistics (career.240 BA, 46 HR, 192 RBI) and injury struggles have brought his durability into question over the previous year.
Avoiding arbitration also has the added benefit of not bringing Russell's recent off-the-field issues into the spotlight again, which would've been fair game in hearings to determine the value of his contract. He's one of baseball's brightest young stars and overall players.