With only days to go before Chicago and their Cy Young winner headed to arbitration, the Cubs and Jake Arrieta reached a one year, $10.25 million dollar deal late Friday night.
Arrieta was a key piece in the Cubs first post-season run since 2008 and he ended up beating out Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw to snag the NL Cy Young award. For his efforts he gets a $7 million dollar raise.
The deal will keep the Cubbie ace in Chicago until at least 2017. I’m sure Wrigley faithful are hoping the club will get Arrieta signed to a longer deal before then.
And while the Cubs narrowly missed a potential stare down with their ace, the clubs Rookie of the Year winner was off in Hawaii courting danger.
After getting engaged this winter, Kris Bryant spent the last couple weeks of freedom before Spring Training vacationing in Hawaii and went swimming…with sharks!
The slugging third baseman posted video of his encounter on Instagram—and while he was in a protective cage, some Cubbie fans were understandably worried for their star player’s safety.
Some Cubs fans weren't too thrilled, calling it "so scary" and cautioned Bryant, saying, "Plz don't get eaten." One commenter thought the sharks were lucky Bryant didn't eat them, and suggested he bring teammate Anthony Rizzo next time… Orangetennis4 posted a sentiment most likely shared by other Cubs fans: "Kris, please stay away from sharks. Thank you -- Cubs Nation."Oh boy.
--Alexis Garcia, BYB's "Eye on MLB" Columnist &
Los Angeles Dodger fan
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