Report: Cubs in salary talks with Bryant

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Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is probably the face of baseball as he led the Cubs as they won the World Series and also took home the National League MVP award in only his second season in the big leagues.

The Cubs and Kris Bryant's agent are currently having talks about his salary for next season according to MLB Insider Jon Heyman.

"No deal has yet been agreed to with superstar third baseman Kris Bryant, but talks between the Cubs and agent Scott Boras are ongoing," Heyman said. "Bryant — who, like Russell, will be arbitration-eligible for the first time next offseason — presents an especially interesting pre-arb case."

The closest player that resembles Kris Bryant's all-around game is probably Mike Trout and that might be around the pre-arbitration salary price tag that Bryant receives from Chicago.

"The 2016 NL MVP and 2015 NL Rookie of the Year could be in line to come close to, if not pass, Mike Trout’s still-standing pre-arbitration record; he earned $1 million in 2014," Heyman said. "Like Bryant, Trout had a Rookie of the Year Award under his belt at the time; unlike Bryant, he had not won an MVP to that point, though he was coming off of back-to-back runner-up finishes."

In 2016, Bryant hit .292 with 39 homers, 102 RBIs, and an on-base percentage of .385. In two seasons at the big league level, he has batted .284 with 65 homers, 201 RBIs, and .377 on-base percentage.

He was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the first round (2nd overall) in the 2013 MLB Draft.

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