Contract talks: Arrieta reiterated what Boras indicated at the GM meetings: He and the Cubs will talk about a contract extension, but it’s unclear how far those talks will go this offseason considering Arrieta has two more years before free agency.
“I think it’s something, as time goes on, it’s inevitable,” Arrieta said of sitting down with the Cubs. “I don’t think there’s a tremendous amount of angst on my part to get something done immediately. That doesn’t mean something can’t happen. Really, my focus right now is, I know I’m still with the Chicago Cubs. I couldn’t be more excited and happy for the opportunity we’re going to have with the team in the future. If it i happens, it does. We’ll address it. If it doesn’t I’m a Chicago Cub regardless. We have to see where things go in the near future.”
Arrieta is due a huge raise off last season’s $3.6 million salary but that’s likely to come through the arbitration process instead of a long-term deal, though neither side is ruling anything out right now.
“You see that a lot of with some guys under team control who have some success,” Arrieta said. “You see things happen. You see the Giants locked up [Brandon] Crawford recently. I think he was about to go into his second year of arbitration. Those things happen…If nothing does transpire then we proceed to spring training, and, like I said, I’m a still a Cub.”