Jake Arrieta Reportedly Open to Long Term Extension with the Cubs

Jake Arrieta has turned his career around with the Cubs since the trade from Baltimore last summer.

Jake Arrieta is 10-6 in 27 starts for the Cubs with a 3.06 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP. Arrieta has allowed 121 hits in 162 innings with 53 walks and 150 strikeouts. This season, Arrieta is 6-4 in 18 starts with a 2.77 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP. In 110 1/3 innings, Arrieta has surrendered 87 hits with 29 walks and 113 strikeouts.

According to a report from the Sun-Times, Arrieta “wants to stay in Chicago for the long term, even if it means potentially overriding the counsel of agent Scott Boras.” Arrieta explained he doesn’t look at himself as the type of “guy that’s going to ask for an astronomical amount of money.” Arrieta is looking for a fair contract and if he and the front office could find a common ground, he would like to stay with the Cubs.

And according to the report, Jake Arrieta likes “pretty much everything about Chicago and the team that’s in place now, with the guys that are coming up” it would be hard not to want to stay with the Cubs.

Jake Arrieta is arbitration eligible for the first time this winter and is likely looking at an increase in pay to the one Travis Wood received this season in his first year of arbitration. Wood was paid $527,000 in 2013 and received $3.9 for this year when he avoided arbitration with the team in the off-season. Arrieta is making $544,500 this season.

PrintThe Cubs and Travis Wood were reportedly discussing a long term contract last winter. But those reports disappeared not long after the initial one surfaced. The Sun-Times explained that Wood chose to wait on signing a long term deal with the Cubs.

As for having Scott Boras as an agent and the likelihood of him allowing Arrieta to sign a long term contract before testing free agency, Arrieta said that Boras would do what he wants.

Jake Arrieta doesn’t think “there’s been anything formal in the works” and added, “But this is an organization that I’ve really seen a transformation take place – from a team that was scuffling for a number of years to one now that’s really trying to compete for a world championship. And I want to be a part of that for years to come.”

Chris Archer

Chris Archer joined David Kaplan and David Haugh on The Kap & Haugh Show (87.7 The Game) Tuesday. Archer, the Cubs former top prospect that was acquired from the Indians in the Mark DeRosa deal and then traded to Tampa in the package for Matt Garza, is obviously tuned in to the rest of baseball and shared some of his thoughts on the Cubs and free agent pitchers.

On the young players currently in the lineup (Castro, Rizzo, Baez, Alcantara) and what is coming up from the minors

“They have some nice pieces there that are going to be key to their long-term success. When you have a pitcher like David Price saying he wouldn’t mind getting traded over to the Cubs right now, knowing what they have in store in the future and knowing the management that they have there and what they are willing to do to win, I think that says a lot.”

On free agent pitchers signing with the Cubs

“I think that the Cubs are going to be surprises this off-season because there are guys, there are top end players, starting pitchers especially, who want to go pitch there.”

On if the report from Ken Rosenthal surprises him about friends of Jon Lester saying he wants to pitch for the Cubs

“No, not at all. It may not be next year where they get both, or get two top end, number one or number two starters just ‘cause the market is going to dictate that those guys go other places. But there are going to be free agents in 2016 that can be another piece added and then if they add another middle of the order threat so you don’t have to bat Starlin Castro fourth, you can put him in a place where he’s going to be more, not necessarily comfortable, but going to be able to do more for you. Be driven in, instead of everyone relying on him to drive in. It’s going to be cool to watch them grow as an organization. You know Theo [Epstein] is special at what he does, kind of like Andrew Friedman. They get creative and people want to play for that type of management.”

Chris Archer also would not be surprised or shocked if David Price signed with the Cubs when he becomes a free agent at the end of the 2015 season. Archer thinks any team would benefit with the addition of Price and if he were to sign with a team like the Cubs “the mentality of the starting rotation would change drastically.”

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  • calicub

    I’m thinking Wood is regretting the decision not to sign long-term after his year last year. Big gamble on his part..

    • mutantbeast

      Frankly, IM glad he didnt. Hes not going to be worth the $ considering the fact hes stunk this year.

      • Chris K.

        He can hit though.

    • daverj

      Did the Cubs offer him a long term contract? I was under the impression that the team did not make a long term offer. Anyone who understands sabermetrics could have seen the downturn for Wood coming. His true skill level lies somewhere between last season and this one. He’s really always been the same pitcher … a good 4th in the years he has some luck, but otherwise a #5.

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  • John_CC

    That’s a fun little read. Thanks for the transcription Neil!

  • Jeff Wilson

    Wonder if 4 years, 55 Million would do it?

    • daverj

      He has 3 arbitration years left so I don’t think the Cubs would want to do a 4 year deal. The team would likely want to have control over at least hist first 2 free agency years.

      • paCubsFan23

        5/50 would be nice.

        • Sahm

          5/50 would be more than Chris Sale I believe. If Arrieta wants to sign for a fair price I’d hope it’s less than 10mil a year

          • Jeffrey Rogers

            Unfortunately $10m is the market for a decent starting pitcher.

          • Sahm

            Again Chris Sale is pretty decent I’d say.

          • Jeffrey Rogers

            He screwed himself.

          • gary3411

            I think Sale signed at a different point in their clocks, no? That is everything.

          • Sahm

            Arrieta still has three years arbitration left. The fair value for him signing before he is eligible should be less than 10. If his first year would be 3.5 without an extention and the following year maybe 6. Now if we are talking free agent numbers than yes 10mil or more. But we should be able to sign him for great value right now

          • J Daniel

            I think it was when the signed Jason Marquis … if memory serves correctly he was 3 at $30?

  • triple

    It’s interesting how reports are always out about big name pitchers saying how the Cubs look to have a great future ahead of them and guys would love to get traded to the Cubs or sign with them soon. And Arrieta even admits he wouldn’t need top dollar to sign an extension, but just a fair deal. Hmmmm….so I’m concerned that someone is hiding the reports about the guys who will stay far away from the Cubs and would only be tempted if the Cubs drastically overpaid for them. I read talk in these threads about the Cubs will have to overpay, but why aren’t there any reports from professional journalists about this?

    • Jeff Wilson

      I’m not sure what you are asking in the last line Trip. Do you mean reports about the Cubs needing to overpay for a player?

      • triple

        Yes Jeff, as I reread what I wrote, I think it is a little confusing… I don’t think the Cubs will have to overpay to sign any of the best FA pitchers who will be available. If anyone wants to count a bidding war as overpaying, then go ahead, but that is still just what the market dictates, and will be considered that players value. Maybe they won’t get a discount, but they won’t have to pay more than any other teams will have to pay. Reports of good pitchers being interested in pitching for the Cubs are abundant. Reports of good pitchers wanting 120% on the dollar from the Cubs compared to what other teams will pay them DO NOT exist. I haven’t looked, but I’m not sure if there are any reports about the top FA pitchers being interested in going to play in Houston or Miami. If anyone has read about Lester, Scherzer, or Sheilds having serious interest in signing with any other teams in the bottom 3rd of the standings, I’d love to see it. And yes, I read someone’s comment about Atlanta being interested in Lester, so there’s gonna be competition, and it may get expensive, but which team will have many young power bats locked up for the next 6 years? That will likely be the team that the best pitchers will want to play for where they can get some good run support.

        Hypothetically, if a pitcher can get 5yr/$125M from the Yankees or Atlanta, and then the Cubs are offering only 5yr/$120M, would the Cubs just be disregarded because that’s all they are willing to spend? I wouldn’t be surprised if we find out that the Cubs will be a very popular destination for free agents over the next 2 to 3 years. And so much that the supply will outweigh the demand, and the more than capable players who are willing to take a little less can come and play in Chicago and have a good shot at winning the World Series with the Cubs.

        If NBA players are willing to take a serious paycut to play with LeBron James and have a good probability of winning a championship, I don’t see it being any different in the MLB with players who already have more wealth than the other sports.

        • Jeff Wilson

          Thanks for the clarification, I appreciate that. I agree that some pitchers and players are starting to look at the Chicago Cubs as an up and coming force, and that will make SOME difference on who they are willing to sign with.
          I would say that last year we had the opposite affect, that many players would NOT want to sign with the Cubs because they want that playoff limelight!
          Funny how 1 year later how the fans and media are starting to notice!

    • Chris K.

      Because those assertions aren’t based on real facts. Gordon Wittemeyer’s terrible musings don’t count. I think the only thing holding back a big name FA is the awful facilities the team currently has. But that’s a moot point due to the renovation.

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      That’s a great point Trip! We do hear so much of that on here. But the public quotes are pretty much 100% to the contrary. And not just from our own guys who are being good soldiers. But from Lester, Price and others have complimented and said they would like to play here.

      It’s funny because I get so much crisp for my positive affirmations. But mine tend to have a lot more validity based on actual facts and quotes than the opposing view. Many more negative outlooks say nobody we will have to overpay greatly and that the plan really isn’t the plan, but justshooting from the hip and luck. But almost all we read in news counters with the more positive view. Not saying I don’t get carried away, I do. But many of the negative opinions, due to being mostly conjecture, may be more preposterous.

    • BillyFinT

      Then overpay. The problem is the timing of overpaying. Rookies such as Baez will yet need to “click” as a team before the Cubs can truly be competitive. Overpaying 2015 might not be the answer.

      That’s the skeptic in me talking. It’s rare for so many ace pitching to come free on the market in one Winter. Better go for one than not having any.

      • triple

        You are right. And that is exactly why at this point, I think just getting one of those FA pitchers is enough. Building blocks. It’s likely that Bryant will be playing in Chicago by the end of April, and then Soler is a complete wildcard as far as when his arrival is. It could be this September, and if all goes well, he may be here to stay, or maybe he needs a couple more months in AAA next year, but I think its safe to say that by mid-season, Soler and Bryant will be with the Cubs, and they don’t seem like they will need nearly as much as an adjustment period as Alcantara and Baez. So if you consider that this team is likely to continue improving all through next season, we might see a trade deadline deal bring in more pitching if it’s deemed necessary. And if they don’t, then there’s the following off-season to add another pitcher. Either way, It’s really exciting to see how the next couple years will unfold.

  • Bryan

    Lot’s of chatter online regarding Jon Lester, which would be a great addition to the Cubs. While I’m sure there will be tons of clubs active to sigh him, I just wanted to pass along that there is a lot of ongoing local media chatter here locally in Atlanta that the Braves are likely to do a major push for him since his off-season home is here locally. Should be an interesting off-season.

  • Jeffrey Rogers

    http://www.baseballprospectus.com/compensation/cots/league-info/potential-free-agents-for-2015/

    2015 Free Agents.

    Spend money on Arrieta extension or try to sign Gallardo? Or both?

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      Arietta is my priority. But Gallardo would be nice.

      • Jeff Wilson

        I would maybe go after a catcher, that is where I see the “most bang for the buck”! I think one #2 or #1 SP will be needed as well, but I actually believe that Bosio will turn one of our new acquisitions around to be a quality TOR guy! (I hope!)

        • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

          I like that thought. I don’t really see us getting 2 big pitchers. One Lester/Scherzer type, and 1 like a Hammel. Then sure, sign a catcher. But the youngest out there is Russell Martin (31). Too bad we weren’t a year ahead last season. Bryan McCann would look good in a Cubs uniform.

      • BillyFinT

        I don’t know… Arrieta is never anyone special for a Major League roster. Gallardo has always been a #1-2.

        • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

          Well, this has been Ariettas breakout season. Season FIP, Arietta 2.26! Gallardo 3.77. But Yovani has been better over cateer.

          Both are good Arietta is much larger. And I think his ceiling is higher. He is pitching like a bonifide GOr. Gallardo is what he is, a 2 on an average team, 3 or 4 on a great.

          I’d like to have both. But Arietta is our guy already, and that does cout for something to me. And I think he could potentially become an ace.

          • BillyFinT

            I yet to remember any ace pitcher who had as mediocre a record as Jake’s in the Minor.

            Having hope is good, as long as it does not stall one’s will to go for a better alternative.

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