Let’s assume he moves on
Personally, I feel bad for Arrieta. This is a weak free agent class for pitchers. Where could he land should he leave Chicago? I’ve got some ideas.
My potential top locations for Arrieta are in no particular order: the Marlins, Braves and Dodgers. Kind of a weird group, right?
The Marlins are in search of an ace since Jose Fernandez tragically passed away last year.
Atlanta has been a little quirky recently in free agency, which is why Arrieta would kind of make sense. They’re a team with a lot of money and they could think that they’re better than they actually are.
My final potential landing spot is the Dodgers. The Dodgers always seem to have deep pockets. Also keep in mind that Arrieta has been dominant in Dodgers Stadium, even throwing one of his no-hitters there. Don’t discount that they might think he’s better than he actually is.
Let’s talk money
Finally the multi-million dollar question: what is he going to go for? I, personally, suspect that Arrieta will get a contract around four years and $60 million.
For some of you, you might think that that’s way too much for what Arrieta has done this year. You’re probably right, but free agency the past couple of years includes club paying way too much for mediocre pitching.
One more thing, notice how I didn’t include anything regarding those rumored steroids allegations. You know why? Because it is an extremely idiotic claim and (let me put this in all caps) STEROIDS DON’T MAKE YOU PLAY BETTER, THEY MAY MAKE YOU STRONGER, BUT NOT BETTER!
In conclusion, has Jake Arrieta lost a ton of money? Yes, but he will still get a good amount this offseason and it most likely won’t be from the Cubs.