Cubs exchange arbitration numbers with Arrieta
CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs have exchanged arbitration proposals with NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta, and president of baseball operations Theo Epstein is confident the sides will reach an agreement before a potential hearing.
Arrieta, who went 22-6 last season with a 1.77 ERA, is asking for $13 million. The team countered at $7.5 million. It is the largest gap among the 35 players remaining in the arbitration process, but Epstein says he thinks they will figure it out.
Arrieta made $3,630,000 last year.
The Cubs announced one-year deals with outfielder Chris Coghlan ($4.8 million) and relievers Pedro Strop ($4.4 million), Hector Rondon ($4.2 million), Travis Wood ($6,170,000), Adam Warren ($1.7 million) and Justin Grimm ($1,275,000) on Friday, avoiding arbitration.