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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
Contract: view contract details
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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

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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

Jake Arrieta walked five hitters, but also struck out nine and allowed just one run in 6 2/3 innings of a 3-2 victory over the Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLCS on Wednesday.

Arrieta clearly didn't have great command of any of his arsenal, but he was able to keep the Dodger hitters off-balance, and when he needed to make a pitch, he was able to. It wasn't vintage Arrieta, but it was certainly good enough to allow the Cubs to win on Wednesday. He could be a bullpen option in Game 6 and 7, if necessary.
Thu, Oct 19, 2017 12:24:00 AM

Jake Arrieta will start NLCS Game 4 against the Dodgers on Wednesday.

He'll follow Jon Lester in Sunday's Game 2 and Kyle Hendricks going in Game 3 on Tuesday. Arrieta wasn't awful in his lone Division Series start, allowing just an unearned run on two hits over four innings, but he walked five and took the loss after the Nationals blew it open in the eighth inning.
Sat, Oct 14, 2017 09:13:00 PM

Jake Arrieta walked five in four innings on Wednesday, but allowed just one unearned run in a loss to the Nationals in Game 4 of the NLDS.

The only run Arrieta allowed came on an error by Addison Russell that gave the Nationals a 1-0 lead in the top of the third. Arrieta clearly tired toward the end of the outing -- with his velocity and command both dropping -- but overall this was a respectable effort from the 31-year-old right-hander. Unfortunately, he went up against an unhittable force named Stephen Strasburg, so respectable wasn't quite good enough. Game 5 of the NLDS will be Thursday in Washington, weather permitting.
Wed, Oct 11, 2017 08:20:00 PM

Tuesday night's Game 4 of the NLDS between the Nationals and Cubs has been postponed due to rain.

The game was originally scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. ET and finally got banged at 6:15 p.m. ET after a 45-minute delay. It will be made up with a 4:08 p.m. ET first pitch Wednesday at Wrigley Field, with Game 4 starters Jake Arrieta and Tanner Roark both staying on schedule for their respective teams. Stephen Strasburg, who's apparently under the weather, is in line to start Thursday if the Nationals can force a Game 5.
Tue, Oct 10, 2017 06:18:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Willson Contreras
2Victor Caratini
3Taylor Davis
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Javier Baez
2Ben Zobrist
3David Bote
SS1Addison Russell
3B1Kris Bryant
2Tommy La Stella
LF1Kyle Schwarber
CF1Albert Almora
2Ian Happ
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Lester
2Jose Quintana
3Kyle Hendricks
4Tyler Chatwood
5Jen-Ho Tseng
6Adbert Alzolay
7Oscar De La Cruz
8Drew Smyly
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brandon Morrow
2Carl Edwards Jr.
3Steve Cishek
4Pedro Strop
5Justin Wilson
6Mike Montgomery
7Justin Grimm
8Dillon Maples
9Rob Zastryzny
10Dario Alvarez
11Cory Mazzoni
12Anthony Bass