Arrieta, Davis reject qualifying offers


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Dennis Wierzbicki - USA Today Sports
Dennis Wierzbicki - USA Today Sports

As expected, the veteran pitching duo of Jake Arrieta and Wade Davis rejected the team's one-year qualifying offers.

The Cubs made the $17.4 million one-year offers to both players so now if they sign elsewhere, the North Siders will get a 2018 draft-pick compensation (after the second round) in return per player. The Cubs still could sign any player but they will more than likely be more expensive long-term contracts.

For the season, Davis had 32 saves to go with a 2.30 ERA, 79 strikeouts, and 1.14 WHIP. His 32 saves ranked him fifth in the National League. In his career, he has 79 saves with 3.45 ERA.

In 2017, Arrieta was 14-10 with 3.53 ERA with 163 strikeouts and 1.22 WHIP.

In other qualifying news, starter Alex Cobb rejected the Rays qualifying offer so look for the Cubs to make a strong move with Cobb in the next few weeks. If the Cubs sign Cobb, they will give up their second-highest draft pick and $500,000 in IFA pool money.

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