Jake Arrieta and Cubs far apart on arbitration figures


The Cubs and pitcher Jake Arrieta exchanged arbitration figures on Friday and there is a sizable gap between the two numbers.

Arrieta, 29, is coming off a Cy Young season and asked the Cubs for $13 million. Meanwhile the Cubs offered the 22 game winner just $7.5 million.

There is a lot of work to do should the Cubs and Arrieta want to avoid going to arbitration. The pitcher was projected to make $10.4 million in arbitration according to MLBTradeRumors.com which is the midpoint of the two numbers.

Back in November Arrieta said he saw contract extension talks as inevitable but thus far there has not been more than a whisper in regards to a new deal. Perhaps more is going on behind the scenes or this may spur the two sides to ramp up talks.

Since joining the Cubs in 2013, Arrieta is 36-13 with a 2.26 ERA across 437 1/3 innings of work.

John Bman
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