CHICAGO (AP) A person familiar with the negotiations says Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta has agreed to a $10.7 million, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration with the highest one-year deal for a pitcher with four years of major league service.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on Friday night on condition of anonymity because the contract had not been announced by the team.
Arrieta, who turns 30 in March, had a breakout season last year, helping the Cubs to an NL wild card. The NL Cy Young Award winner finished with a 22-6 record and a 1.77 ERA, easily cruising past most of his previous career highs.
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Arrieta made $3.63 million last year. He had asked for $13 million and the team had offered $7.5 million, the largest gap among players who filed for arbitration.
AP Baseball Writer Ronald Blum in New York contributed to this report.