While the reigning NL Central champs have been linked to Yu Darvish and Alex Cobb this winter, the Cubs are reportedly still interested in re-signing Arrieta on a four-year deal worth roughly $110 million, according to Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports. The Cubs, however, refuse to offer him the six-year deal he commands.
Once a throw-in during a 2013 trade that brought him to the Windy City, Arrieta has blossomed into one of the best starters in the majors. During his five years in Chicago, he's posted a 2.73 ERA and 1.03 WHIP, while winning the 2015 NL Cy Young.
The Cubs have been busy this offseason signing pitchers on more short-term deals, adding Tyler Chatwood, Steve Cishek, Drew Smyly, and Brandon Morrow. Chicago currently has roughly $155 million committed to 2018 when considering arbitration raises for six eligible players.