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Cubs News: Arrieta: "If I had it my way, I'd stay here"

by - Senior Editor -

Jake Arrieta and his famous agent Scott Boras will more than likely ask in the range of two hundred million when he becomes a free agent after the 2017 season.

Washington Nationals standout pitcher Stephen Strasburg just received a seven-year extension worth one hundred and seventy-five million on Tuesday who is also represented by Boras.

Reporters asked Arrieta on Wednesday afternoon if the Cubs were going to get a hometown discount. Arrieta directly said "No" while shaking his head at reporters.

"Financially I'm fine, regardless," Arrieta said via ESPN's Jesse Rogers. "You want to be paid in respect to how your peers are paid. I don't think that changes with any guy you ask. It happens around baseball every year."

Arrieta likes the city of Chicago and playing for the Cubs.

"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."

Arrieta knows that this is business and he will need to be patient like Cubs fans to see how it all shakes out in the future.

"If we keep winning, those kinds of things work themselves out in time. If they want to talk, they know where I'm at and we can get something going. In a perfect world, I prefer it be done quickly. Let's get it over with and go play."

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