March 08, 2016

MESA, Ariz. (AP) NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta said Tuesday he has talked with the Chicago Cubs about a long-term contract.

Arrieta went 22-6 with a 1.77 ERA last season and agreed last month to a $10.7 million, one-year deal that avoided salary arbitration. The right-hander, who turned 30 on Sunday, is eligible for free agency after the 2017 season.

''Money can only make you so happy,'' Arrieta said, speaking a day before his scheduled spring training debut. ''I love my teammates, and I love Chicago. Those are more important than the contract extension for me.''

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