#Cubs Arrieta arb hearing next week

National League Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta and the Cubs are reportedly scheduled for an arbitration hearing on Tuesday.

Arrieta, 29, submitted a request for $13 million, while the Cubs countered at $7.5 million. The difference is the largest of any arbitration case this year. The right-hander made $3.63 million in 2015. The Cubs would not comment regarding the hearing date.

Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein has never taken an arbitration eligible player to a hearing. During the Cubs Convention last month, Epstein said the filing numbers “don’t always represent the offers.”

“I would be extremely hopeful we’ll get something to done to avoid a hearing,” Epstein said. “Jake deserves a really big raise. Nothing but the best things to say about him. His performance last year and as a Cub speaks for itself and he’ll be deservedly rewarded by the system and we look forward to making it happen, preferably as a settlement.”

The Cubs have talked about a possible long term deal for Arrieta, who is coming off a stellar year in which he went 22-6 with a 1.77 ERA. He will be a free agent after the 2017 season.

— Carrie Muskat


Oh Dear Lord we need a long term agreement with Arrieta.

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The two most important days of your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. Arrieta has found his “why” and will hopefully be well compensated for it.

Yes, White; I like that Mark Twain quote you invoked, and have utilized it myself. It is profound. Earlier this week on the MLB Network, Brian Kenny, John Smoltz, and something called `the Shredder` all came up with their lists of the top ten major league starting pitchers. Each ranked Arrieta No. 2 to the mighty Clayton Kershaw. That`s high praise. {I believe `the Shredder` may indeed be a computer, but please don`t quote me.} I know some observers are critics. `Mad Dog` Chris Russo ranted on ` the Shredder` on his MLB broadcast today.

Perhaps Jake can utilize this information when he argues his case. What do y`all think? Many believe Jake Arrieta is second to only the widely regarded consensus No. 1 starting pitcher in the game. Whether it goes to arbitration, or whether he and Mr. Epstein come to an agreement before that, (which history suggests is more likely to occur), Jake has a very strong argument. Jake Arrieta is in `the catbird seat,` as the memorable Red Barber often remarked.

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