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Besides Arrieta, the list also includes pitchers Travis Wood, Pedro Strop, Hector Rondon, Justin Grimm, Ryan Cook, Rex Brothers, Clayton Richard and outfielder Chris Coghlan, and all were expected to be tendered.
Arrieta made $3.63 million in 2015 when he led the Major Leagues with 22 wins and posted a 1.77 ERA. The right-hander will be a free agent after the 2017 season, and the Cubs have indicated they'd like to talk about a possible long-term deal. But Arrieta, who will get a significant raise in 2016, could wait until he hits the market.
Wood, who began the season in the rotation, then made a successful switch to the bullpen, made $5.685 million last season. Strop was paid $2.525 million last season, Rondon $544,000, Grimm $531,500, and Coghlan $2.505 million. This is the first year Rondon and Grimm are arbitration-eligible.
Rondon set a personal high with 34 saves, and compiled his best ERA (1.67), appearing in a career-high 72 games. Strop also set career highs in games (76) and innings (68), while Grimm posted a 1.99 ERA in 62 games.
The Cubs claimed Cook off waivers from the Red Sox in early November, and acquired Brothers from the Rockies for Minor League left-hander Wander Cabrera last week.
Richard, who the Cubs acquired in a trade with the Pirates in July, appeared in 23 games, making three spot starts, and became the prime lefty in the postseason, giving up three hits over 4 2/3 scoreless innings.
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.