The Cubs decided to sign the japanese star Yu Darvish this Friday, putting an end to the Jake Arrieta era in Chicago. The 2016 World Series Champions are looking forward to the future, and signing Darvish instead of Arrieta makes a lot of sense for the organization.
The Cubs are trying to reach the next offseason without having to pay the luxury tax, and the price for what they signed Darvish, was one of the factors that made Chicago decided not to re-sign Arrieta. Also, there are rumors that the Cubs are in the hunt of Bryce Harper in the next winter, so letting Arrieta go made space for that move.
According to Jon Heyman of FanRagSports, the Northsiders were in touch with Arrieta, trying to make a deal happen, but the right-handed asked for a 6-year and 160 M contract; less for what they pay for the sign of the japanese ace.
cubs were in touch with arrieta, too, but decided to go for darvish at least partly due to price. there's a belief cubs can stay under threshold adding darvish's $21M aav, which may have been a factor, too.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) 11 de febrero de 2018
With Arrieta still available as a free agent, teams like the Brewers, Twins and Rangers are the most likely destination for the 31-year old.
The Cy Young winner had a decent 2017 season, with a record of 14-10 and a 3.35 ERA in 30 openings. The forme Oriole has a career record of 85-56, with 1,070 K's and a 3.57 ERA, and has been selected to an All-Star Game.