#Cubs tender offers to Arrieta, others
As expected, the Cubs tendered offers to Jake Arrieta, Travis Wood, Pedro Strop, Hector Rondon, Justin Grimm, and Chris Coghlan on Wednesday, and also agreed to terms with left-handed relievers Rex Brothers and Clayton Richard on 2016 contracts.
The Cubs did not tender contracts to right-hander Ryan Cook and lefty Jack Leathersich. With the moves, the 40-man roster is now at 36 players.
All but Leathersich were arbitration eligible. Teams had until 10:59 p.m. CT Wednesday to tender 2016 contracts, and if they did not, the players would become free agents.
In addition to Brothers and Richard, a total of 26 players from the Cubs’ 40-man roster were tendered 2016 contracts. That includes 20 who were not yet eligible for arbitration.
Arrieta, the National League Cy Young winner who led the Major Leagues with 22 wins, is in line for a significant raise. The right-hander made $3.63 million last season, and MLBTradeRumors.com projects he could receive $10.6 million in arbitration.
The Cubs have had some talks with Arrieta’s agent regarding a possible long-term deal. The right-hander will be a free agent after the 2017 season.
Wood, who began the year in the rotation and made a successful switch to the bullpen, made $5.685 million last season. Strop was paid $2.525 million last season, Rondon $544,000, Grimm $531,500, and Coghlan $2.505 million. This is the first year Rondon and Grimm are arbitration eligible.
Rondon set a personal high with 34 saves, and compiled his best ERA (1.67), appearing in a career-high 72 games. MLBTradeRumors.com projected the right-hander would receive $3.6 million in 2016. Strop also set career highs in games (76) and innings pitches (68), while Grimm posted a 1.99 ERA in 62 games.
Richard signed a one-year, $2 million deal, while Brothers agreed to a one-year, $1.42 million contract. The Cubs acquired Brothers on Nov. 25 for Minor League lefty Wander Cabrera. Brothers, who turns 28 on Dec. 18, split the 2015 season between the Rockies and Triple-A Albuquerque, and posted a 1.74 ERA in 17 big league relief appearances.
— Carrie Muskat