#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