CHICAGO – The Cubs and Jake Arrieta have reunited on a one-year deal.
The 2015 Cy Young Award winner and 2016 World Series champ had higher offers elsewhere, but decided to come back to the North Side, per MLB Insider Jon Heyman.
Writers previously mentioned that the Cubs would be “priced out” after Arrieta performed well recently at a workout in Austin, Texas. Longtime Cubs beat writer Gordon Wittmeyer reports Arrieta’s deal is in the neighborhood of $6.5 to $7 million.
After signing a 3-year, $75 million deal with the Phillies following the 2017 season, the Cubs hope a homecoming could produce a return to form for the beloved pitcher.
Arrieta’s ERA rose each year in Philadelphia; posting a 5.08 ERA with a 4-4 record last year.
Being the product of one of the best returns in Cubs’ trade history, Arrieta quickly found his stuff during his rise with Chicago.
It cultivated with one of the best seasons by a pitcher in MLB history and the best second-half ERA (.75) ever. He went 22-6 with a 1.77 ERA to win the NL Cy Young Award.
He threw his first no hitter on Aug. 30 against the Dodgers and capped off 2015 with a complete and dominating performance to win the Cubs’ first playoff game since 2003.
He followed up 2015 with a no hitter against the Reds on April 21, 2016; which was caught by David Ross, who will now be his manager.
Arrieta finished 2016 with a 3.10 ERA and a 18-8 record. In the playoffs, he blasted a 3-run homer in Game 3 of the NLDS and won both of his World Series starts.
After signing it will be a quick turnaround for Arrieta, who is due to report with the rest of the pitchers and catchers on Wednesday.