Chicago Cubs chances of bring back Jake Arrieta dwindling

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CLEVELAND, OH – NOVEMBER 02: President of Baseball Operations for the Chicago Cubs Theo Epstein reacts after the Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cubs win their first World Series in 108 years. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /

Chicago Cubs have questions – and Theo will again have answers

The good news? No one really listens to me. At least not in the Cubs front office. And, at this point, I don’t envy the job ahead of Theo and Jed. They have to balance the ever-climbing expectations in and around the organization with fiscal responsibility and putting a quality product on the field.

In my lifetime, I’ve never had as much faith in a front office than I do with this one. If there’s an opportunity to bring Jake Arrieta back – I know this group will do their due diligence. But, more importantly, I trust them to not overextend and push the team into a long-term unsavory position.

The flashy names like Arrieta or Darvish always look enticing. But, as the Cubs saw two years ago, what you expect to get from a big-time free agent, doesn’t always pan out. Chicago brought in Jason Heyward on a record contract. He then essentially quit producing at the plate.

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These risks are present with all players – and with contracts pushing higher and higher in terms of value each year, balancing the now with the future is more important than ever before.