By Chris Emma–
CHICAGO (CBS) — Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta will miss the team’s visit with president Barack Obama at the White House on Monday due to family medical reasons.
Arrieta’s stay at the Cubs Convention will be short as he tends to a medical situation involving two family members. He clarified that his absence isn’t for political reasons.
“It’s nothing about who’s our president, who’s not,” Arrieta said Friday at the convention.
Arrieta confirmed Friday that he had agreed to a deal with the Cubs in 2017 for $15.6 million, one which he felt was fair. The two sides would’ve moved forward in the arbitration process had they not reached a deal Friday.
“I wanted to get it out of the way,” Arrieta said. “It’s a good deal. I didn’t want anything to linger.”
The Cubs are back in Chicago for their annual convention, which is being held at the Sheraton.