01-12-2018 09:45 PM

CHICAGO -- Former Rookie of the Year and MVP Kris Bryant received a record settlement for a first-time arbitration-eligible player on Friday as he agreed to a one-year, $10.85 million deal with the Chicago Cubs, avoiding arbitration, according to a source familiar with the situation. The previous record was set by Ryan Howard, who received $10 million from the Philadelphia Phillies in 2008. "I don't look at 'me' records," Bryant told reporters on Friday. "The records on the field are way more important, because when you're doing that, you're helping the team. ... you get paid millions of dollars to do something you've loved since you were 4 years old. I just feel so grateful and so honored to

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