Serious uptick in the Stove yesterday. Let’s get into it.
Evan reported yesterday that Cubs Manager Joe Maddon strongly implied that we have seen the last of Jake Arrieta as a member of the Chicago Cubs. The exact quote by the Cubs skipper was “Jake’s probably gone.”
So either Arrieta wants out or Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are prepared to move on due to downward trending peripherals by the team’s one-time ace. Facts being facts, Arrieta wants to be paid as an ace in terms of years and money, and somebody probably will pay that. It just won’t be the Cubs, who try to avoid paying out large contracts based on past performance.
There was a time when Arrieta’s traditional stats may have have given him the potential for a record-breaking contract (see Mike Hampton, 2001). No more.
Scott Boras will surely try to leverage the starting pitcher’s overall resume to maximize a deal, and it’s impressive: Cy Young Award, two no-hitters, big-game pitcher (if such a thing exists), and a 54-24 record over the past three seasons. He’ll downplay Arrieta’s drop in velocity during the 2017 season due to <a target="_self" href="http://www.cubsinsider.com/2017/04/21/rundown-discussion-cubs-lower-velocity-lackey-bosio-make-ped-implications/" target="_blank" …Read the Rest
Source:: Cubs Insider