Jake Arrieta and the Chicago Cubs agreed to a one-year, $10.7 million deal last February for the 2016 season. He will be arbitration-eligible until the 2017 season and the latest MLB rumors suggest that the Cubs are not in a hurry to sign him to a long-term extension.
Arrieta’s agent Scott Boras told CSN Chicago in an interview that there are no preliminary discussions about a contract extension. Back in the offseason, Arrieta reportedly wanted a seven-year contract but the Cubs did not want to give it because they still have a two-year control over him before he enters free agency.
“I think teams know us and we know them. We’re trying to focus on the season and performance. I always tell teams when they talk long-term, we’re always happy to stay long-term,” Boras said.
Cubs president Theo Epstein has expressed that the team and Arrieta will be staying patient. Both sides don’t want to create a distraction when Chicago has a legitimate chance to win the World Series for the first time since 1908.
The 30-year-old ace pitcher expressed happiness with the team even though no long-term contract extension was signed. He also said that he loves the city and his teammates.
“Money can only make you so happy. We’re extremely happy where we’re at. I love my teammates. I love Chicago. So those are more important than the contract extension,” Arrieta said via the Chicago Tribune.
MLB rumors from the camp of Boras imply that the super-agent will be looking to sell Arrieta much like he did with Max Scherzer. The main point of Boras is that 2015 NL Cy Young winner doesn’t have a lot of wear and tear on his right arm.
“It’s like Scherzer. The great thing is that Arrieta doesn’t have many innings on his arm. I always tell owners: The best bet for you when you want to sign players is ones that are proven – but yet are proven with lesser innings,” Boras said.
The super-agent was able to help Scherzer land a huge seven-year, $210 million deal from the Washington Nationals last year. Look for Boras to get Arrieta something close to that megadeal from the Cubs especially if he leads the team to a World Series championship.
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