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.