The Cubs see Jake Arrieta as a big part of their future, and he could get paid like a frontline starter at some point.
Jason Hammel took down Masahiro Tanaka at Wrigley Field, a 6-1 decision over the New York Yankees that ended a streak of 42 unbeaten regular-season starts for the Japanese ace.
“Outside the organization, outside the city, around baseball, the story is the Cubs are coming fast and the Cubs are coming strong.”
Jake Arrieta has become a billboard for The Cubs Way, symbolizing their trade-deadline arbitrage, pitching infrastructure and hopes that 2015 will be different.
Theo Epstein has already called his shot. The Cubs are going to overpay for a No. 1 starter.