Albert Almora Jr. Avoids Arbitration With Cubs, Gets Slightly Less Than Projected


Cubs center fielder Albert Almora Jr. entered his first arbitration eligible year at the worst possible time. After posting a career low .236 batting average and putrid .651 OPS, leading to a -0.7 fWAR in 2019, Almora avoided arbitration with the Cubs Friday, but he’s getting slightly less than what was projected.

The 25-year-old outfielder is still getting pay raise from his 2019 salary, but MLBTR, which is great at projecting arbitration salaries, estimated that Almora would receive $1.8 million in 2020. He and the Cubs settled on $1.575 million.

Not a big difference by any means, but the Cubs are trying to save every penny they can this offseason to get below the $208 million luxury tax threshold.

Here’s to Almora having a great season…at Triple-A or as the Cubs fifth outfielder.

Earlier on Friday the Cubs also avoided arbitration with Kris Bryant, agreeing to an $18.6 million salary for 2020.

Javier Baez, Kyle Schwarber, Willson Contreras and Kyle Ryan are the other Cubs arbitration eligible players.

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