Report: Cubs willing to reunite with Arrieta on 4-year deal
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The Chicago Cubs' search for starting pitching help could lead the club back to Jake Arrieta.

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.

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Report: Cubs willing to reunite with Arrieta on 4-year deal
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