After the Nationals signed Stephen Strasburg to a surprisingly low dollar value contract earlier in the week, reporters spoke with Cubs Ace Jake Arrieta to discuss his own pending contract issues.
Reigning Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta on Wednesday hinted that he’s worth more than the $175 million deal given to Stephen Strasburg and said he’s not ready to give a hometown discount to stay with the Chicago Cubs.
“I’ll let you judge that,” Arrieta told reporters Wednesday morning about what he believes his market to be. “Just look at the numbers.”
Arrietta, who is a Boras client, reiterated that he wants to stay in Chicago, where he is very happy, however he expects to be paid like the Ace that he very clearly is.
Arrieta said “aces get 7 years” — just as Strasburg got — so think of that as a starting point. And think $200 million as one, as well.
“Financially I’m fine, regardless,” Arrieta said. “You want to be paid in respect to how your peers are paid. I don’t think that changes with any guy you ask. It happens around baseball every year.”
Of course, since Arrieta still has one more season of arbitration eligibility, so a deal does not appear to be imminent. While Arrieta would prefer a deal get done and get out of the way, the fact is that there is no pressing need for a deal to get done immediately, and I’m sure the team would rather part with money later, rather than now.
Arrietta, the reigning NL CY Young winner, is 6-0 with a 1.13 ERA, 363 ERA+, .279 FIP, and .875 WHIP this season, following up a dominant 2015 campaign that ended 22-6, 1.77 ERA, 219 ERA+, 2.35 FIP, and .865 WHIP.