The Cubs and all MLB teams face a Friday deadline to tender contracts for the 2018 season to their arbitration-eligible players. If contracts aren’t extended to such players, they immediately become free agents. The Cubs have seven arbitration-eligible players this offseason, four for the first time. The list is headlined by 2016 National League MVP Kris Bryant, who will likely approach the record payment for first-year arbitration-eligible players that was set with Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard’s $10 million figure in 2008. The other arbitration-eligible Cubs are reliever Hector Rondon, reliever Justin Wilson, reliever Justin Grimm, right-hander Kyle Hendricks, shortstop Addison Russell and infielder Tommy La Stella.