I would like Arrieta if we can kid him for the right deal of course but if not, it is what it is.
The odds of the Cubs re-signing Arrietta are lower than Ayo de-committing and going to Parkland.
That bridge is burned. Same reason Bryant will likely not sign the Trout/ Longoria/ Pujols pre-arbitration extension and will almost certainly hit FA at the first available opportunity.
Understandably so. The pitching wasn't terrible, but the walks were a major concern. It'll be interesting to see who they bring in, especially if it's a Maddon guy.
Cubs interviewing Jim Hickey today. He was the Rays pitching coach and was with Maddon 8 years there so definitely a Maddon guy. He has (reportedly) already talked with the Cardinals and the Red Sox so it should be interesting to see where he ends up.]