Odds of Arrieta Returning to Cubs May Have Just Gone Down Even Further

The concept of supply and demand is the most basic tenet of economics. When it comes to baseball, in particular the market for starting pitchers, the latter is unquenchably voracious. And the pickings, which were already looking thin at the end of the season, have gotten slimmer of late.

We learned a few days ago that Masahiro Tanaka would not be opting out of his pact with the Yankees, thus removing one big name from the market. While some were surprised by the decision not to pursue more than the $67 million he was due over the next three seasons, I’d have been mildly shocked had Tanaka chosen to test free agency.

The 29-year-old righty finished his 2017 campaign on a high note and looked great during the postseason, but the small matter of a partially-torn UCL might have hampered his prospects. Even though it hasn’t been an issue since, it’s hard to believe another team would be willing to cough up more than $22.3 million per season for more than three years.

Likewise, Johnny Cueto has opted to remain with the Giants in order to collect $84 million over the next four seasons. This really isn’t …Read the Rest

Source:: Cubs Insider

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