The Chicago Cubs might not be done with Jake Arrieta after all.
Thus far, MLB’s offseason has been painfully slow. The market on bigger namesa��such as Arrietaa��barely exists. Every team is richer than ever before, but that’s not making them rush out and spend. However, the Cubs are willing to bring back their old friend in Arrieta. The terms would be four years for $110 million.
— NBC Sports Chicago (@NBCSChicago) January 3, 2018
However, agent Scott Boras and his client are seeking six years. Plus it’s only January, so it’s not as though these two are in any sort of rush. Yet. But really, can you blame Arrieta for these demands? Absolutely not. The right-hander, who turns 32 in March, has pitched his backside off since coming to the Cubs in 2013.
Arrieta was a big factor in the Cubs winning the World Series. He’s a Cy Young award-winning pitcher now. But 2017 was definitely theA�worst of this previous four full campaigns. It’s understandable that teams would be hesitant to hand out six-year deals to aging starters. But it’s also understandable that Boras wants to get as much as he can for his client. After all, that’s how this works.
And if the market for Arrieta continues to thin, don’t be surprised if he’s back with the Cubs. They can afford the hit.