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Heyman | Could Padres be in play for Jake Arrieta?

Jon Heyman

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Oct 18, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta removes his cap as he is relieved in the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game four of the 2017 NLCS playoff baseball series at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Young-USA TODAY Sports
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The San Diego Padres surprised folks by signing Eric Hosmer, who was arguably the top position player on the market. And now word is they have at least been talking internally about Jake Arrieta.

It seems like a long shot. But could they make a play for Arrieta?

There are probably several teams looking into Arrieta (as well as Alex Cobb and Lance Lynn) at this point. But it is believed that much of this interest could be filed under this title: bottom fishing.

Padres sources suggest they are checking in with a number of star free agents remaining periodically in case there’s a deal that makes sense but ultimately expect to go with the young pitchers they currently have in camp.

It isn’t known what the Padres may have suggested for Arrieta, if anything, but it’s possible they could be looking for a bargain; that can’t be a surprise at this juncture since several teams are surely wondering whether a great player could be had for something well beneath what he originally sought.

 

However, word around Arrieta has been that he isn’t anxious to sign what he considered an under-market deal, and also that he has the fortitude to wait things out. The Philadelphia Phillies, Milwaukee Brewers and Baltimore Orioles are teams that seem most interested in adding a starting pitcher, but a former Cy Young winner such as Arrieta could help just about any team.

The Washington Nationals have been seen as a possible landing spot but there’s been no evidence of any serious talk yet, and those stories were mostly of the speculative variety, with the knowledge that Nats GM Mike Rizzo likes Arrieta and the Nats have done a lot of deals with Arrieta’s agent Scott Boras.

Arrieta, who just turned 32 on Tuesday, has three top-10 Cy Young finishes in the last four years, including his win in 2015. Even in a “down year” last season for the Cubs, he posted a 3.53 ERA with 8.7 strikeouts per nine innings en route to helping the Cubs to their third straight NLCS appearance.

Jon Heyman is an MLB Insider for FanRag Sports, featuring breaking news, information and his Inside Baseball column, which appears on FanRagSports.com every Thursday. Heyman also has been an insider at MLB Network since the channel launched in 2009 and is a regular contributor to WFAN in New York, where he appears weekly on the Joe and Evan Show and previously appeared on the Mike and the Mad Dog Show. He also appears on WSCR in Chicago, WBZ-FM in Boston and the Petros and Money Show on Fox in Los Angeles. Heyman comes to FanRag Sports from CBSSports.com, where he worked for five years and wrote the popular Inside Baseball notes column. Before going to CBS, Heyman worked for five years at Sports Illustrated and SI.com, where he was a senior writer and started an Inside Baseball Column. Heyman worked for 16 years at Newsday in New York, where he was the Yankees beat writer, a baseball columnist and finally a general sports columnist. Heyman started his career at the Moline (Ill.) Daily Dispatch, then moved to the Los Angeles Copley Newspapers (Torrance Daily Breeze and Santa Monica Outlook) before going to Newsday. Heyman at one time also served as a national baseball writer for The Sporting News. Heyman is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. The Santa Fe, N.M. native grew up in Cedarhurst, N.Y., on Long Island.

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