Jake Arrieta's Contract – You Make the Call
This comes from MLB Trade Rumors:
The Cubs needn’t be in a rush to extend ace Jake Arrieta, opines ESPN’s David Schoenfield. Arrieta’s camp is seeking a seven-year deal according to multiple reports, and while his 2015 results stack up with any pitcher in the game, Schoenfield notes that Arrieta, unlike other pitchers to command seven-year deals, hasn’t first proven himself capable of delivering consecutive 200-inning, 30-start seasons. Arrieta will hit free agency at the age of 32, which makes him older than a typical free agent. However, he’s also thrown fewer innings in the Majors and minors combined than his peers that have inked seven-year deals by a fairly wide margin. Schoenfield also points out that president Theo Epstein and GM Jed Hoyer seem to prefer to build around position players, as evidenced by their young core. Of course, the duo shelled out $155MM for Jon Lester just over a year ago, so it’s not as if the Cubs’ top decision-makers are entirely averse to long-term deals for pitchers.
So I ask you, what would you do with Jake? Would you give him seven years right now or risk the price going up or losing him to free agency all together? What would you do?