According to CSN's own David Kaplan, Jake Arrieta is staying put at the trade deadline.
The non-waiver trade deadline (July 31, 3 p.m. CT) is fast approaching and while the Cubs made their big move earlier in the month, dealing starters Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the first-place Oakland A's for four prospects, it doesn't appear Jed Hoyer and Theo Epstein will be dealing a third starter this week.
This from a great source who is an NL scout. “We called Theo and asked about Jake Arietta and we were told they will NOT move him. Period."— David Kaplan (@thekapman) July 28, 2014
In his first full season with the Cubs, Arrieta has recorded a 5-2 record with a 2.18 ERA and 1.01 WHIP in 15 starts. The 28-year-old could potentially return a nice haul of prospects in a deal, but the Cubs know they could have something in Arrieta - who is under team control through 2017 - and aren't willing to part with him unless another team is willing to empty out the farm system.
"I had a very highly placed N.L. scout tell me," Kaplan said on Monday's SportsTalk Live, "that they called the Cubs on Jake Arrieta and were told, 'No chance, unless you want to bankrupt your system you've got no chance. We're not moving him. We like him, we control him and he is going nowhere.'"
See what else Kaplan had to say on SportsTalk Live in the video above.