He more than did his part in leading the Cubs to 103 wins while capturing an NL Central Division title and a World Series ring. The 30-year-old southpaw had a 5.09 ERA and 2.09 WHIP in 23 games in Chicago after coming over at the trade deadline last season.
According to Roch Kubatko of the Mid-American Sports Network, Russell was the centerpiece in discussions of a four-player deal that would've sent him, along with Albert Almora Jr. and Mike Montgomery, to Baltimore in exchange for Machado.
One reason Russell is an intriguing trade piece for many teams is his "Super Two" eligibility status under Major League Baseball rules.
Bryant, the 2016 National League MVP during he Cubs' historic World Series-winning campaign, has 94 home runs in three MLB seasons. Howard's first-year arbitration eligible stood for 10 seasons.
For players and teams who fail to reach agreements, hearings will be scheduled for January 29-Feb.
Machado, in contrast, has just one more season of team control before he can enter the free agent market, where he's sure to fetch an expensive contract. However, the two sides finally came to an agreement and avoided arbitration. It's a record for a player that was eligible for salary arbitration for the first time.
MLBTR predicts Grimm will get $2.4 million.
Bryant could potentially break the record for highest salary given to a first-year arbitration eligible player.
Bryant, 26, hit.295 with 29 homers, 73 RBIs, 111 runs and.946 OPS in 2017.
Bryant, a native of Las Vegas who played his collegiate ball at San Diego, wound up going No. 2 overall to the Cubs in 2013.