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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