Jake Arrieta and the Chicago Cubs will not be going into arbitration next week, according to the Associated Press. They have come to terms on a salary of $10.7 Million for the 2016 season. This breaks the record for a four-year pitcher in arbitration, attributable to the 22 wins, Cy Young Award, and incredible second half of the 2015 season by the ace right-hander.
This is the second year of arbitration for Arietta, who is at the beginning of what the Cubs believe will be a remarkable career. At 29 years old, the former Baltimore Orioles’ prospect had an amazing breakout season in 2015 and will lead the Cubs’ rotation into 2016.
Avoiding arbitration will relieve the pressure going into spring training and ease the minds of fans, management, and Arrieta himself.