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Cubs ace Jake Arrieta discusses his market value, says 'just look at the numbers'

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Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta said he is not ready to give a hometown discount to stay with Cubs. Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski/UPI
Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta said he is not ready to give a hometown discount to stay with Cubs. Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski/UPI | License Photo

Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta thinks he deserves more than the seven-year, $175 million extension given to Stephen Strasburg of the Washington Nationals.

The reigning Cy Young Award winner, less than two years from free agency, also said he is not ready to give a hometown discount to stay with Cubs.

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"In a perfect world, I'd prefer it be done quickly," the right-handed Arrieta said Wednesday morning at Wrigley Field. "If it's going to happen, get it over with. Let's go play. Sometimes it can be an uncomfortable situation having to talk about things like this, around your teammates when we're trying to beat the Padres today.

"So that's why I don't put a whole lot of thought into it. If they want to talk, they know where I'm at. We can get something, great."

Strasburg, 27, signed his seven-year extension with the Nationals on Tuesday. The right-handed Strasburg has never had a sub-3.00 ERA over a full season of starts and is 5-0 with a 2.76 ERA this season.

"I'll let you judge that," Arrieta told reporters about what he believes his market should be. "Just look at the numbers."

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The 30-year-old Arrieta is 22-1 with a 0.92 ERA over his last 27 starts. His ERA has gone from 3.66 in 2013 to 2.53 in 2014 to 1.77 as he won the National League Cy Young Award last season. He has a 6-0 record with a 1.13 ERA this year.

"That's why starting pitching is so valuable," said Arrieta, whose agent, Scott Boras, also represents Strasburg. "There's not many guys that can pitch at the top of the rotation floating around the league."

Arrieta is making $10.7 million and has one year left of arbitration before he can become a free agent after the 2017 season.

"The misconception is that Scott wants everyone to go to free agency," Arrieta said of Boras. "I made it clear I like Chicago. I think everyone knows that. If I had it my way, I'd stay here. That's just one side of the story. We'll see.

"Obviously with Strasburg's situation, he was drafted by Washington, loves the organization, loves his teammates, and has been well taken care of. He wanted to stay there and was compensated very well for it."

Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer, another Boras client, is in the second season of a seven-year, $210 million contract.

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