(CBS) Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta headlines a group of seven Cubs who officially have filed for arbitration, while four White Sox players did the same.
Arrieta, outfielder Chris Coghlan, reliever Justin Grimm, reliever Hector Rondon, reliever Pedro Strop, right-hander Adam Warren and left-hander Travis Wood were the seven Cubs to file.READ MORE: Dozens Of CPD Officers, Other City Workers Rally Against Vaccine Mandate As Alderman Introduces Proposal To Repeal It
Outfielder Avisail Garcia, reliever Dan Jennings, infielder Brett Lawrie and reliever Zach Putnam were the four White Sox to file.
Salary figures will be exchanged between players and teams this Friday. Arbitration hearings will be held in the first three weeks of February, when an arbitrator chooses one of the two figures that was submitted. Until then, the players and teams can continue to negotiate on a new deal, and often they reach an agreement.READ MORE: Another Victim Of Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy Identified: Francis Wayne Alexander, Of North Carolina
For example, the Cubs have never gone to arbitration with a player since president of baseball operations Theo Epstein came to Chicago in October 2011. The White Sox last went to an arbitration in 2001, with reliever Keith Foulke, according to MLB.com’s Scott Merkin.
After going 22-6 with a 1.77 ERA and establishing himself as one of baseball’s top aces, Arrieta is primed for a big raise. He made about $3.6 million in 2015 and likely will net $10 million or more for 2016. He and the Cubs could also agree to a long-term deal, though that doesn’t appear likely at this time after the Cubs’ big spending on Jason Heyward and others this offseason.MORE NEWS: Chicago Weather: Rain Continues Into Monday Afternoon; Wind Advisory, Lakeshore Flood Advisory In Effect
Players with at least three years of MLB service time but fewer than six years are eligible for arbitration, with a few exceptions.