A source close to the situation has informed FanRag Sports that Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant has signed a $1.05 million contract for the upcoming 2017 season, a record for a second-year player.
Bryant has now surpassed a previous mark set by Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout, who earned an even $1 million back in 2014. Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts earned a $950,000 salary for next season earlier in the week.
The 25-year-old Bryant is now slated to enter his third season atop the big league level, all of which have come as a member of the Cubs. After winning the National League Rookie of the Year Award in 2015, Bryant then took home the National League MVP last season. In doing so, Bryant led the Cubs to their first World Series title in more than a century while solidifying himself as one of the best players from around the league despite his young age.
Over the course of 155 regular season appearances in 2016, the third baseman registered a .292 batting average with 39 home runs and 102 RBI to accompany his .385 on-base percentage. As a rookie in 2015, he appeared in 151 regular season games en route to a .275 batting average, 26 home runs, 99 RBI and a .369 on-base percentage.