The MLB free agency market is still hot and filled with unsigned superstars. A looming question among most baseball fans, especially Cubs fans, is where will former Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta end up? According to reports by ESPN’s Jeff Todd, the Cubs have “barely even engaged in contract talks” with their former staff ace. This is not very surprising because the sides already know one another and their respective bargaining positions quite well. One thing is clear though, while a reunion seems hypothetically possible, both team and player intend to explore alternatives this winter.
The Cubs are still looking to add depth to their pitching staff. The Cubs’ current projected rotation consists of Kyle Hendricks (ace), Jose Quintana, Jon Lester, Tyler Chatwood and Mike Montgomery. The Cubs currently lack battle-tested options with this starting rotation. The only other healthy starting possibility on the 40-man roster comes from Eddie Butler, who brings significant experience in the majors but not a lot of success. There are a few high-profile starters on the Cubs’ radar still such as Yu Darvish and Lance Lynn. The Cubs main priority the rest of the offseason will be to bring in another high-profile starter via free agency or trade.