On Saturday, Yu Darvish would sign a six-year deal worth at least $126 million with the Chicago Cubs. But if reports are to be believed, another free agent had a chance to return to Chicago. That would be Jake Arrieta, of course.
If reports are to be believed, the Cubs called Arrieta with an offer similar to the one Darvish received. When their former ace didn’t accept, they made the Darvish deal official.
“TheA�Chicago CubsA�were down the road with Yu Darvish, but before they completed a deal, Cubs baseball president Theo Epstein, respectfully, put in one last call to the Cubsa�� star free agentA�Jake ArrietaA�for one last, long-shot chance to see if a�� if need be a�� they could extend Arrietaa��s career with a deal believed to be similar to the one offered to Darvish should Darvish turn them down.”
But that’s if you buy the report. And also, as it appears to state, this seems to be a courtesy move if nothing else.
“By that point, Epstein was happy to be closing in on the deal with Darvish at a compromise price. Darvish most recently had been seeking $125 million for five years, but in an agreement reached this weekend that will comfortably keep them below the luxury-tax threshold took $126 million for six.”
And here’s the kicker.
“But Epstein felt like he owed Arrieta that call to gauge that possibility. After all, not only had Arrieta put together one of the great half-seasons in baseball history to win a Cy Young, hea��d come up big time and again when it counted most and was a key figure in the Cubsa�� historic 2016 World Series championship.”
Leaks, no matter the sport, always try to make one side look good. Typically, that side would be where the leak stems from. All offseason long, we have seen reports on contract offers. But details only emergeA�afterA�a player or agent voices their displeasure in the slow-moving offseason. There’s no reason to just blindly believe these things. But, anything to make the ‘players are greedy’ narrative a sound one, right?
As for Arrieta, there’s no shortage of interest. And now that Darvish is off the board, things are going to move quicker. After all, it’s hard to imagine this offseason moving any slower.