Jake Arrieta is asking for $13 million in his second year of arbitration eligibility. The Cubs submitted a $7.5 million figure. If the two sides cannot settle before the hearing, an independent arbiter will decide one figure or the other.
Arrieta was projected to receive between $10-11 million for the upcoming season. If the two meet in the middle prior to arbitration, Arrieta will receive a $10.25 million salary.
The Sun-Times said Thursday the Cubs “remain optimistic they’ll avoid the arbitration hearing with Arrieta.”
Jake Arrieta is coming off an historic second half and Cy Young season. Arrieta was 22-6 with a 1.77 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 2.35 FIP. Arrieta gave up 52 runs, 45 earned, on 150 hits with 48 walks and 236 strikeouts over 229 innings in 33 starts.
In 15 starts after the All-Star break, Arrieta was 12-1 with a 0.75 ERA and 0.72 WHIP. Arrieta allowed 12 runs, nine earned, on 55 hits with 23 walks and 113 strikeouts in 107 1/3 innings … and Arrieta tossed the first no-hitter of his career.
The Cubs have not gone to arbitration with a player under the current regime. Ryan Theriot was the last player the Cubs went to arbitration with after he and Jim Hendry could not find a middle ground in 2010.
Theo Epstein has not gone to arbitration with a player either as the GM of the Red Sox or the Cubs President of Baseball Operations.
The first arbitration hearing of the year took place Wednesday. The Rays are a file and trail team and went to arbitration with LHP Drew Smyly. The Rays lost and will pay Smyly $3.75 million, not the $3.2 million they submitted on Jan. 15.
The Cubs have avoided arbitration with eight of nine arbitration eligible players: Travis Wood ($6.17 million), Justin Grimm ($1.275 million), Rex Brothers ($1.42 million), Clayton Richard ($2 million, plus incentives), Hector Rondon ($4.2 million), Adam Warren ($1.7 million), Pedro Strop ($4.4 million) and Chris Coghlan ($4.8 million).