Chicago Cubs: Theo Epstein still has a chance to score big
Jake Arrieta: 14-10, 3.53 ERA, 163 SO, 1.218 WHIP
When the season ended for Jake Arrieta, and he walked off that mound for the last time–we all assumed that was his curtain call for the Cubs. But lo and behold, here we are talking about a possible reunion between him and the Cubs. While it might be a little far-fetched, there is a possibility the Cubs might make this happen. If Arrieta comes down on his original demands.
When the offseason began, Arrieta was thought to be looking for a six to seven-year deal. As the market has cooled, so have his demands. There are talks that the Cubs might offer him in the range of four-years for $110 million, but none of that has been verified. It’s all talk, and mostly by the group of us that needs something to write about.
But if there’s one thing to remember about all of these starters, its that the Cubs know Arrieta the best. There’s been no Tommy John for Arrieta. While Darvish and Cobb have had surgery, it’s been a relatively clean bill of health for Jake. The Cubs know Arrieta and what his body can handle. If you’re going to shell out big money, don’t you want to know where it’s going?