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Cubs reach terms with four players for 2021 season

3 years agoAndy Martinez

A quartet of Cubs officially have deals for the 2021 season.

The Cubs agreed to terms with four players for contracts for the 2021 season, avoiding salary arbitration: infielders Javy Báez and Kris Bryant, catcher Willson Contreras and newly acquired right-handed pitcher Zach Davies.

The Cubs and outfielder Ian Happ did not come to terms on a contract and will enter salary arbitration. Both sides will submit a figure to an independent arbitrator, who will decide Happ’s salary for the 2021 season.

Báez, Bryant and Davies are each entering their final years of arbitration and are set to become free agents after the 2021 season. Contreras, meanwhile, has two arbitration-eligible seasons in 2021 and 2022. This was Happ’s first year of arbitration eligibility.

Báez hit 8 home runs and had a .599 OPS in 59 games in 2020. Bryant, who battled injuries in 2020, had 4 home runs and a .644 OPS. Contreras had 7 home runs and a .763 and saw dramatic improvement in his pitch framing ability.

Davies, who the Cubs acquired from San Diego last month, was 7-4 with a 2.73 ERA, a 1.067 WHIP and 63 strikeouts in 69.1 innings of work. He started 12 games for the Padres.

Happ grabbed the Opening Day center field job and ran with. He excelled and became the Cubs leadoff hitter midway through the season as he hit 12 home runs with 28 RBI and an .866 OPS.

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