Jake Arrieta, Cubs avoid arbitration with $15.6375 million deal, report says

The Cubs and ace Jake Arrieta have avoided arbitration by agreeing at $15.6375 million, MLB Network insider Jon Heyman first reported.

This was Arrieta’s final year of arbitration eligibility, and he earned his hefty price tag by winning the 2015 National League Cy Young award and helping the Cubs win the World Series in 2016.

Arrieta went 18-8 with a 3.10 ERA and 190 strikeouts last season. He went 22-6 with a sterling 1.77 ERA in 2015.

In his contract year, Arrieta will try to help get Chicago back to the World Series, and have his numbers edge closer to the ones he posted in 2015.

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