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Jake Arrieta headlines list of arbitration eligible players for Cubs

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The Chicago Cubs have a couple key guys who are arbitration eligible this off-season including starting pitcher Jake Arrieta.

Arrieta (10-5, 2.53 ERA) had himself a career year in 2014 with the Cubs and flirted with a no-hitter on a couple occasions. In 25 starts with Chicago, Arrieta posted career high in starts, 2.53 ERA, 167 strikeouts, innings pitched (156 2/3) and recorded his very first complete game/shut out against the Cincinnati Reds on September 16.

He recorded a career and single season best 13 strikeouts that game, allowing only one hit and one walk in the 7-0 victory.

Welington Castillo is also on the arbitration list and had himself a career season as well. Castillo, 27, finished the year with 13 home runs, 19 doubles, 46 RBIs, and 90 hits in 380 at-bats with a batting line of .237/.296/.389.

Here’s a look at the rest of the list courtesy of MLB Trade Rumors:

  • John Baker C (5.141) – 0 HRs, 15 RBIs, seven doubles, 19 walks, 35 hits, nine runs on a .192/.273/.231 batting line. He worked one inning as a relief pitcher and picked up the win while scoring the game winning run.
  • Wesley Wright RP (5.105) – 3.17 ERA, 0 saves, 37 strikeouts, 19 runs, 13 earned runs, two home runs, 19 walks, 37 strikeouts, nine holds, two blown saves, 1.39 WHIP.
  • James McDonald SP (5.074) – 0 appearances with Cubs in 2014.
  • Chris Coghlan OF (4.148) – nine HRs, 41 RBIs, five triples, 28 doubles, 109 hits, 50 runs in 385 at-bats with a .283/.353/.452 line.
  • Luis Valbuena 3B (4.148) – 16 HRs, 51 RBIs, four triples, 33 doubles, 119 hits, 68 runs in 478 at-bats with a .249/.341/.435 line.
  • Justin Ruggiano OF (4.019) – six HRs, 28 RBIs, one triple, 13 doubles, 63 hits, 29 runs in 224 at-bats with a .281/.337/.429 line.
  • Travis Wood SP (4.004) – 31 starts, 173 2/3 innings, 190 hits, 110 runs, 97 earned runs, 20 HRs, 76 walks, 146 strikeouts, 8-13 record, 1.53 ERA, 5.03 ERA.
  • Pedro Strop RP (3.156) – 65 appearances, 61 innings, 40 hits, 19 runs, 15 earned runs, two home runs, 25 walks, 71 strikeouts, 2-4 record, two saves, 21 holds, four blown saves, 1.07 WHIP, 2.21 ERA.
  • Felix Doubront SP (3.120) – Four starts, 20 1/3 innings, 22 hits, nine runs, nine earned, two HRs, seven walks, eight strikeouts, 2-1 record, 1.43 WHIP, 3.98 ERA.

Doubront picked up 14 total starts in 2014, 10 of those were with the Boston Red Sox before he was acquired by the Cubs.

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