As the Cubs scour the free agent and trade markets for pitching help, there’s still the business of deciding which current players are worth the price of keeping. The Cubs and the other 29 major-league teams must tender contracts to all remaining unsigned players by Friday night or allow them to become free agents. The Cubs have seven arbitration-eligible players, led by third baseman Kris Bryant. According to, Bryant’s projected salary is $8.9 million — $1.1 million shy of the $10 million record salary for a first-year arbitration eligible player awarded to Ryan Howard of the Phillies in 2008. The toughest decisions are expected to involve relievers Hector Rondon and Justin Grimm. Rondon, 29, the Cubs’ closer for the start of the 2015 and 2016 seasons, is projected to receive $6 million. But Rondon was used in a non-closing role in 2017 and struggled with a 4.24 ERA in 61 appearances.