The Chicago Cubs and Ian Happ have agreed to a one-year contract for the 2022 season, avoiding an arbitration hearing, according to MLB insider Robert Murray.
Tuesday was the deadline for teams, and players eligible for an arbitration hearing, to come to an agreement on salary figures for the upcoming season. Happ, who beat the Cubs last year in his first year of arbitration, agreed to a $6.85 million salary for the 2022 season.
Happ started off the 2021 season very slowly. Through the end of July, the outfielder posted a slash line of .180/.294/.326. But, he finished the final two months of the season a lot stronger slashing .288/.363/.581 in his final 55 games.
It’s safe to say that this year could be a make-or-break type season for Ian Happ. The switch-hitter has one more year left of arbitration on his contract. He then becomes an unrestricted free agent after the 2023 season. In five seasons with the Cubs, he is averaging a .241 batting average, while slugging 87 home runs with 236 RBIs, and posted a .805 OPS.
It’s good to see Ian Happ and the Chicago Cubs agreeing on a contract for the 2022 season. That said, Willson Contreras is next on the list of arbitration-eligible players for the Cubs. Hopefully, there is good news on that one as well.