Cubs free-agent tracker: Where Jake Arrieta, Wade Davis may end up

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Free agency has begun in Major League Baseball. Here is the latest on the eight Cubs free agents and where they might land next season.

Jake Arrieta, right-handed starting pitcher, 2017 salary: $15.6 million

  • Has until Nov. 16 to accept $17.4 million qualifying offer or he will become a free agent.
  • 11/14: Twins like Darvish and Arrieta — but Darvish tops list (link)
  • 11/14: MLB insiders surveys predict Arrieta will sign with Rangers (link)
  • 11/09: Twins could target top-tier free-agent starters, but Arrieta could be out of their price range (link)
  • 11/09: Ranked No. 3 overall free agent by USA Today. “Rangers may be the most logical fit.” (link)
  • 08/07: Told the Sun-Times that there would be no scenario in which he can imagine accepting a qualifying offer from the Cubs to stick around another season before hitting the free-agent market (link)
  • Oddsmakers favor him landing with Rangers, Nationals and Brewers. (link)

Wade Davis, right-handed relief pitcher, 2017 salary: $10 million

  • Has until Nov. 16 to accept $17.4 million qualifying offer or he will become a free agent.
  • 11/09: Cubs will push hard to bring him back, USA Today says. (link)
  • 11/07: Best fit for Davis could be with Cardinals, according to (link)
  • 11/04: Davis seems like an ideal fit for the Astros, whose bullpen is the one problematic area of a very fine team, according to the Boston Globe. (link)
  • Oddsmakers favor him going with the Astros, followed by Cardinals and Twins. (link)


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Alex Avila, catcher, 2017 salary $2 million

  • 11/09: “With his lefty bat and solid defensive reputation, Avila should land a starting job.” USA Today (link)
  • 11/07: urges Orioles to sign Avila to mentor prospect Chance Sisco (link)
  • 11/07: Currently in Italy, presumably for former teammate Justin Verlander’s wedding (link)

Brian Duensing, left-handed relief pitcher, 2017 salary: $2 million

  • 11/09: “One of the better southpaws on the market,” USA Today (link)
  • 11/7: Mentioned as a possible option for the Astros, Nationals or Pirates.

Jon Jay, outfielder, 2017 salary: $8 million

  • 11/09: “Jay would prefer to return to the Cubs … but that seems unlikely” USA Today (link)
  • 10/19: Jay told the Sun-Times he wants to remain a Cub. “I love it here,’’ Jay said. ‘‘I cannot deny that. I absolutely love it here. We’ll see what happens. But right now, I enjoy being with this group no matter what happens.” (link)

John Lackey, right-handed starting pitcher. 2017 salary: $16 million

  • 11/09: If no one meets his price, he’ll simply walk away from the game. (link)
  • 11/08: Sources tell Jon Heyman that Lackey will not be retiring and will pitch in 2018 (link)
  • 9/27: It is thought Lackey will retire after the 2017 season (link)

Rene Rivera, catcher, 2017 salary: $1.75 million

  • Cubs need a backup catcher to Willson Contreras. Rivera, the 34-year-old veteran, who was claimed off waivers from the Mets in June.

Koji Uehara, right-handed relief pitcher, 2017 salary: $6 million

  • Pitched in 49 games in 2017 with a 3-4 record and 3.98 ERA.

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  • 11/06: Cubs claim Padres’ right-handed pitcher Cory Mazzoni off waivers (link)

Cubs targets

  • 11/13: Dodgers and Cubs interested in Orioles closer Britton (link)

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