It’s been widely assumed that Jake Arrieta would be pitching somewhere else next season, but a new report suggests that the Chicago Cubs could still be interested in the star hurler at the right price.
According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, the Cubs have expressed an interest in re-signing Arrieta, but only if he’ll accept a contract that’s worth around $110 million over four seasons.
Multiple reports have said that Arrieta and his agent Scott Boras have been seeking a five or six year contract, but the Cubs aren’t willing to give that many years to a 31-year-old hurler who dealt with some injury issues during the 2017 season.
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Arrieta went 14-10 with a 3.53 ERA in 30 starts for the Cubs last season, and was especially good in the postseason as he helped lead the team to their one victory of the NLCS over the Los Angeles Dodgers. His postseason pitching has been outstanding in his career, with a 5-3 record and a 3.08 ERA in nine career playoff starts with the Cubs.
According to CBS’ Bruce Levine, the Cubs and Cardinals are the two teams that have expressed the most interest in signing Arrieta, and Boras may try to spark a bidding war between the two teams as they compete for supremacy in the National League Central.