Report: Brewers trying to sign Jake Arrieta


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Jake Arrieta is one of the most prized free agents in the 2017 class and different suitors are interested in the former CY Young Award winner.

The latest news from MLB insider Jon Morosi is that the Brewers are going after Arrieta to try to get an edge in the National League Central division.

"Brewers showing interest in free agent Jake Arrieta," Morosi posted. "With Jimmy Nelson expected to miss portion of 2018 after shoulder surgery, team is looking for top-of-the-rotation upgrades."

MLBTR.com has Arrieta as the No. 4 ranked free agent and had an earlier projection with the Brewers with a four-year deal worth 100 million.

"We expect him to come out looking for a six-year deal, but land at four or five," MLBTR.com said. "Arrieta appears likely to move on from the Cubs, with whom he was unable to agree to an extension in the past few years. However, it’s possible Arrieta could circle back to the Cubs later in the offseason if his market disappoints. We don’t see a clear favorite to sign him, so we’ve chosen a dark horse pick of the Brewers.

The Cardinals, Nationals, Astros, Rangers, Phillies, Yankees, Angels, Mariners, Braves, Twins, and Dodgers could be in the mix depending on the price."

I don't see the Brewers being able to sign away Arrieta for that four year total for only 100 million. I think before Arrieta decides on that sum, he would re-think about rejoining the Cubs. The North Siders do not want to have to face him several times a season as a member of the Brew Crew.

The ideal situation would be him landing in the American League if the Cubs can not work out terms with him.

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




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