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Chicago Cubs: What lies ahead for right-hander Jake Arrieta?

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 27: Jake Arrieta #49 of the Chicago Cubs pitches in the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on June 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 27: Jake Arrieta #49 of the Chicago Cubs pitches in the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on June 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images) /
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MIAMI, FL – JUNE 22: Jake Arrieta
MIAMI, FL – JUNE 22: Jake Arrieta /

Here’s the part of the article I feel like I have to talk about, but I feel unqualified to talk about it.

I’m not an agent, I do play one on TV though.  In all seriousness, understand that what I’m about to say is completely presumptuous and it’s just going off of my own opinion.

I think Jake Arrieta has lost over $100 million. And, after his start against Baltimore, he offered a very different take on his situation than what we’ve heard in the past:

Remember, the Cubsa nd Arrieta were having talks about a possible contract extension after the  2015 season.  You might remember Arrieta won this little award called the Cy Young Award and his stock was at an all-time high.

Two of the reasons why the deal didn’t get done:  Arrieta’s agent, Scott Boras, is known for taking his players to free agency.  Secondly, the Cubs seemed a little hesitant to offer Arrieta too long of a contract because they hadn’t seen enough sustained success.

That’s why I said earlier: ‘what if they signed a contract extension around the All-Star Break this time last year?’

It would’ve been a whole different story.  Arrieta was 30 at the time and just showed everyone that he could be successful for a long period of time.

If they had signed a deal at that time, I think it would’ve been in the neighborhood of six years and $180 million.  That would’ve put Arrieta in the top three in salary for pitchers in MLB history.

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