CHICAGO — Reigning Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta on Wednesday hinted that he's worth more than the $175 million deal given to Nationals RHP Stephen Strasburg and said he's not ready to give a hometown discount to stay with the Cubs.
"I'll let you judge that," Arrieta said about what he believes his market to be. "Just look at the numbers."
Arrieta, 30, is 22-1 with a 0.92 ERA over his past 27 starts. The Cubs and Scott Boras, the agent for Arrieta and Strasburg, had been discussing a multiyear deal but ceased talks shortly before spring training.
Arrieta realizes that reaching an agreement might not get done anytime soon.
"In a perfect world, I'd prefer it be done quickly," he said. "If it's going to happen, get it over with. Let's go play."
HARPER SUSPENDED: Nationals RF Bryce Harper received a one-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for returning to the field Monday night after he had been ejected. Harper appealed and was in the lineup Wednesday night.
BOSOX PROBE: Major League Baseball is investigating the Red Sox over their 2015 international signings, focusing on whether the team circumvented MLB's international bonus pools when it signed multiple Venezuelan players who used the same trainer, Baseball America reported.
ANGELS-BRAVES TRADE: Atlanta traded RHP Jhoulys Chacin to Los Angeles for minor-league LHP Adam McCreery. Chacin has a 5.40 ERA in five starts this season.
ASTROS: RHP Lance McCullers, a former Jesuit High standout, is set to return to the rotation Friday. McCullers has been out all season with shoulder soreness.
DIAMONDBACKS: OF David Peralta is scheduled to see a hand specialist in Arizona today. Peralta has not played since Sunday because of a sore right wrist.
METS: LHP Steven Matz will miss his next turn in the rotation Saturday at the Rockies as a precaution because his elbow flared up.
TIGERS: LHP Daniel Norris returned to the team for the first time since October surgery to remove a cancerous growth from his thyroid.
WHITE SOX: 3B Todd Frazier needed five stitches after cutting his lower lip when he fell hard into the seats while trying to catch a foul ball.