Not only can Arrieta afford roll the dice this close to free agency, but doing so could also help future free agents.
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Arrieta will be a free agent after this season, but nobody’s closing the door on an extension just yet.
It was a strong offseason for the Cubs, who want to make sure they have flexibility under the luxury tax limit this year.
The Padres are the other named team involved on Wood.
The Cubs, Padres, and two other teams are still in the mix.
Why did the Royals want to part with Alec Mills anyway? And how did a deal come together so quickly?
There may not be a ton of time left before the beginning of Spring Training, but the stove is still hot. Well, lukewarm at least.
Might a prospect-rich team like the Astros, Brewers, or Phillies make a move for Quintana? Also: reliever signings around the league, and much more.
The new CBA appears to be causing problems for marginal free agents especially.
Transactions are still trickling in, as the offseason moves toward a close.
Perhaps the Cubs can get a veteran starter on a minor league deal, juuuuust in case. Also: international players, evaluating front offices, much more.
There are reasons to wonder what the impact of the new CBA will be this summer. It could mean even more trade activity.
A revamped delivery has made Breslow an attractive relief target for many teams.
“Unusual” Free Agency Makes Cuban Pitching Prospect Available to IFA-Restricted Teams (Like the Cubs)
The surprise decision to count Mendoza’s time in Japan means that a top pitching prospect just unexpectedly became available to the Cubs.
This would be an excellent upside move for the Cubs, and could help with depth, even given the injury risk.