Cubs and Jake Arrieta Reportedly Close to a Deal (UPDATES)

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Cubs and Jake Arrieta Reportedly Close to a Deal (UPDATES)

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I did not expect this on a Friday night so I’m away from my computer picking up a birthday cake for The Little Girl, and pecking away at my phone! More soon!

But here’s the scoop:

The Cubs have had serious interest in a reunion for a while, and it sounds like it’s going to happen. I am very down for this for reasons that go beyond nostalgia. Although Arrieta struggled in his time with the Phillies after departing the Cubs, he still has the diverse pitch mix, the athleticism, and the work ethic to reinvent himself. More soon.

UPDATE: It’s a healthy commitment on a one-year deal:

The market for one-year starters has been surprisingly strong this offseason, so Arrieta’s deal is in line with – for example – the deal Chris Archer got to reunite with the Rays, even after surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. If you want the chance at veteran upside on a one-year deal – even where there’s plenty of risk – you have to pay for it.

For the Cubs, no one is expecting Arrieta to resume dominance. He’d be a veteran leader in the rotation, eating some innings, and with the bones to maybe turn things around a bit in a new/old organization. The Cubs have had a lot of success helping remake pitchers with stuff like Arrieta, so why couldn’t they work it with him? Especially given Arrieta’s ability to work on himself.

UPDATE 2: A little more local confirmation that this is happening:

UPDATE 3: The Cubs’ 40-man roster is full right now, and the Jake Marisnick signing is not yet official. So that means the Cubs will have to open up two spots to add Marisnick and Arrieta, officially.

UPDATE 4: Just stray stuff:

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.