Arrieta among seven Cubs to file for arbitration

Arrieta among seven Cubs to file for arbitration

CHICAGO -- National League Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta was one of seven Cubs players to file for arbitration on Tuesday, which is a procedural move. The salary proposals between the players and teams will be made public on Friday if no agreement is reached before then.

Other Cubs players to file for arbitration on Tuesday included Chris Coghlan, Justin Grimm, Hector Rondon, Pedro Strop, Adam Warren, and Travis Wood. Hearings will be held in February if the two sides do not settle on a salary figure.

The Cubs have talked about the possibility of signing Arrieta, 29, to a long-term contract. The right-hander is coming off a stellar season in which he went 22-6 with a 1.77 ERA. He will be a free agent after the 2017 season.

When Arrieta received the award in November, he was asked about the possibility of a new deal with the Cubs and called it a "definite possibility."

"We'll address it," Arrieta said at the time. "We'll talk things over. And if it doesn't [happen], then I'm still a Chicago Cub, regardless. I guess we'll just have to wait and see where things go in the near future."

Wood, who made a smooth transition from starter to the bullpen, and Coghlan will be free agents after the '16 season.

This is the first year Warren, Rondon and Grimm are arbitration-eligible.

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.