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Jake Arrieta | Starting Pitcher | #49

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (31) / 3/6/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: TCU
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 5 (0) / BAL
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According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Phillies and Jake Arrieta are "having dialogue."
Top free agents Yu Darvish, Eric Hosmer, and J.D. Martinez have all found homes in recent days, so the focus now turns to Arrieta. There's a connection with the Phillies, as members of the team's front office know him well from their time in Baltimore. Arrieta would be a great fit in Philadelphia's rotation, but Heyman hears that the Phillies would prefer a shorter-term deal. It's safe to say that multiple teams would be interested if the soon-to-be 32-year-old is seriously willing to consider such a scenario. Feb 20 - 9:20 AM

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ESPN's Buster Olney reports that if the slow market forces Jake Arrieta to defer pursuit of long-term deal, there are teams "very interested" in him on a short-term, high-salary contract.

We would be shocked if that weren't the case. Ultimately, it would be a surprise if it comes to that for Arrieta, as he should still be paid handsomely by someone even if it's not nearly what he might've been shooting for at the beginning of the offseason. Arrieta will turn 32 in a month, so taking a short-term deal and trying free agency again next winter would be an awfully risky move on his part.
Feb 9 - 12:42 PM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Cubs have "barely engaged" in contract talks with free agent starting pitcher Jake Arrieta.

Nightengale goes so far as to say that a reunion between Arrieta and the Cubs is as "unlikely as a Bill Belichick comedy show." Well then. He also reports that other teams seem concerned about the lack of contact; wondering if Chicago knows something about the 31-year-old's health. Arrieta went 14-10 for the Cubs in 2017, registering a 3.53 ERA and striking out 163 batters in 168 1/3 innings.
Source: USA Today
Feb 7 - 4:04 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Brewers have "been in contact" with Jake Arrieta and Alex Cobb.

Heyman says the "prime target" for the Brewers is Yu Darvish, but they're prepared to pounce on one of the other top free agent starters should Darvish ultimately land a deal that reaches beyond Milwaukee's comfort zone. Lance Lynn would presumably come into consideration as well. All of this signals the continuation of an impressive late-offseason push from the fast-rising Brewers, who recently acquired outfielders Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain. They've even been floated as potential suitors for Rays ace Chris Archer.
Feb 1 - 11:32 AM

Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia writes that the Phillies could be interested in free agent starting pitcher Jake Arrieta.

Salisbury notes that Arrieta has been working out with Philadelphia outfielder Nick Williams in Austin, and that Williams has been selling him on the Phillies. He also writes that GM Matt Klentak is "actively" looking at ways to improve the Philadelphia rotation. Reports are that Arrieta is still looking for a five-year deal, and the Phillies reportedly aren't willing to go that long with a starter on the market. If that yearly ask goes down, Philadelphia could very much be in play for the 31-year-old right-hander.
Jan 18 - 8:21 AM

According to Jim Bowden of SiriusXM, the Brewers continue to be "in" on free agent starting pitcher Jake Arrieta.

We heard earlier this month that the Cubs and Cardinals were "showing the most interest" in Arrieta, so this could be a true NL Central showdown. There's no doubt that Arrieta would provide a boost to Milwaukee's rotation, especially with Jimmy Nelson's status in question. The big question remains the price tag, as his agent Scott Boras was at one point seeking a $200 million pact. Of course, that was probably never realistic to begin with, which is why the Brewers are still in the mix here.
Jan 15 - 8:53 AM

Cubs' President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein said Friday that the club hasn't closed the door on a possible return for Jake Arrieta.

The Cubs are still in the market for another starting pitcher and retaining Arrieta seems like a very real possibility. Several teams have expressed interest in the right-hander this winter, but the Cubs and Cardinals seem to be showing the most interest.
Jan 13 - 7:09 AM

According to Bruce Levine of CBS Chicago, "the two clubs showing the most interest" in Jake Arrieta are the Cubs and Cardinals.

Other teams like the Brewers, Twins, Blue Jays, Rockies, Rangers, Phillies, and Nationals have been tied to Arrieta this offseason, but only loosely. So maybe it really will come down to the two NL Central arch-rivals. It has been an incredibly slow-moving offseason for the majority of baseball's top free agents, though you'd have to think things will pick up here in early January. Arrieta, 31, registered a 3.53 ERA, 1.218 WHIP, and 163/55 K/BB ratio over 168 1/3 innings last season for the Cubs. One of many still-unsigned Scott Boras clients, he's said to be seeking upwards of $200 million.
Source: CBS Chicago
Jan 3 - 9:09 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Nationals aren't sure they can afford to sign Jake Arrieta.

Heyman also reports that the Nationals could instead consider the trade market for starters like Tampa Bay's Chris Archer and Jake Odorizzi, or Arizona's Zack Greinke. This could be a ploy to try and lower Arrieta's demands, but if he really does want the reported $200 million that agent Scott Boras is asking for, they may have to turn their attention to the trade market.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 10:14:00 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, agent Scott Boras is trying to engage the Nationals on free agent starter Jake Arrieta.

The Nationals have a strong history with Boras clients, so the possibility can't be ruled out, but the club already has big money tied up in key pieces and Bryce Harper (another Boras client) is one year away from free agency. They could aim lower to fill out their rotation.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 11:01:00 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Phillies are considering free agent right-hander Jake Arrieta.

The Phillies likely aren't quite ready for contention, but they have money to spend and could use another top-tier starter alongside Aaron Nola. It might be a while before there's some resolution for Arrieta, as an MLB executive told Jerry Crasnick of ESPN that he's under the impression that agent Scott Boras is seeking a long-term contract in the range of $200 million. Arrieta, 31, posted a 3.53 ERA and 163/55 K/BB ratio over 168 1/3 innings this past season.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 08:39:00 AM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that five teams have contacted agent Scott Boras regarding the possibility of signing free agent starter Jake Arrieta.

Cafardo lists the Brewers, Twins, Blue Jays, Rockies and Rangers as the known teams but there could be more. The Cubs would surely like to have their ace back again next year. Arrieta and former Dodger and Ranger hurler Yu Darvish are the top arms on the free agent market. The 31-year-old Arrieta went 14-10 with a 3.53 ERA and 163 strikeouts in 168 1/3 innings this year. He turned in a 22-6 record and 1.77 ERA in a 2015 season that saw him win the National League Cy Young Award.
Sat, Nov 25, 2017 06:10:00 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Brewers are showing interest in free agent right-hander Jake Arrieta.

Morosi notes that the Brewers are looking for top-of-the-rotation help with Jimmy Nelson (shoulder) sidelined and that the club has the payroll flexibility to make an impact move. Arrieta will be 32 years old next season, but it's not crazy to think that his agent, Scott Boras, will push for a four-year deal worth around $100 million.
Mon, Nov 20, 2017 11:07:00 AM

RHP Jake Arrieta rejected the Cubs' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

He's now officially a free agent. Arrieta will turn 32 before Opening Day next season, but he is still in line to receive a big multi-year contract on the market this winter.
Fri, Nov 17, 2017 11:23:00 AM

Cubs extended a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer to RHP Jake Arrieta.

Arrieta will reject it and hit the open market this winter. The former Cy Young winner could be in line to receive the biggest contract of any free agent starter this offseason aside from Yu Darvish.
Mon, Nov 6, 2017 05:32:00 PM