Jake Arrieta and Cubs avoid arbitration with one-year deal: Report

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 11: Jake Arrieta #49 of the Chicago Cubs throws a pitch in the bottom of the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies on September 11, 2015 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jake Arrieta

CHICAGO – It’s not a deal that guarantees him to be in Chicago for the long haul, but at least the Cubs avoided arbitration with their ace pitcher before spring training.

Per a report by the Associated Press late Friday night, Jake Arrieta and the team have agreed to a one-year, 10.7 million dollar contract. It’s a major raise for Arrieta who made 3.6 million dollars for the 2015 season.

The raise was certainly warranted for the pitcher who was close to unhittable at times during the year en route to winning the Cy Young Award, the first for the franchise since 1992 when Greg Maddux won the honor. Arrieta finished the season with a 22-6 record with a 1.77 ERA, four complete games and three shutouts.

That included a no-hitter against the Dodgers in August and a shutout victory over the Pirates in the National League Wild Card Game. His performance helped the Cubs to a 4-0 win which advanced them to the NLDS against the Cardinals, which they won in four games.

Arrieta has been with the Cubs since July 2nd, 2013 when he was acquired along with Pedro Strop for Scott Feldman and Steve Clevenger. Since joining the Cubs he has a 36-13 record with a 2.26 ERA.