Yahoo - The Chicago Cubs and defending NL CY Young award winner Jake Arrieta avoided arbitration late Friday night, agreeing to a $10.7 million salary for the 2016 season.
Smart move here by the Cubbies to avoid arbitration with one of their best players. Nobody likes going to arbitration. Too high of a chance that a player gets their feelings hurt and it impacts team chemistry and contract negotiations down the line. The Cubs gave the reigning Cy Young winner $450,000 above the midpoint that both sides exchanged. Arrieta wanted $13 million. Chicago offered $7.5 million. Giving Arrieta a little more than the median was smart because Chicago has a good thing going here and shouldn't want to mess it up. Everyone and their mother are picking the Cubs to win the World Series this year. Coming off a 97 win wild card season, the focus for the team now shifts to winning the division for the first time since 2008.