Jake Arrieta won't cut Cubs hometown discount in salary negotiations

null Baseball A move from Baltimore to Chicago helped Jake Arrieta transform from perpetual disappointment to one of baseball's best pitchers, but that doesn't mean the reigning Cy Young winner will cut the Cubs a break at the negotiating table.Asked Wednesday if he might be inclined to take a hometown discount to stay with the Cubs, Arrieta answered with a flat, "No," according to CBS Chicago. MORE: Best value contracts in baseball | Worst contractsThe subject came up in the wake of the seven-year, $175 million deal Stephen Strasburg signed this week to stay with the Washington Nationals. Like Strasburg, Arrieta is a client of agent Scott Boras, who traditionally discourages his players from accepting anything without getting a full measure of their potential value on the open market. The 30-year-old Cubs ace will make $10.7 million this year and won't hit free agency until after the 2017 season, assuming the sides don't work out a long-term deal before then. They reportedly discussed a four-year, $84 million contract during the offseason.Though Arrieta is more than two years older than Strasburg, the Nationals pitcher already has undergone Tommy John surgery while Arrieta has avoided major arm problems."As far as the numbers go, I don’t think it surprises many people," Arrieta said of Strasburg’s new contract. "Obviously, it’s a really big contract for a guy who had (elbow ligament surgery). That is the price for starting pitching, especially really good starting pitching."Strasburg has been among baseball's best pitchers when healthy, with a 3.07 ERA in 139 career starts. But no one has been as dominant as Arrieta lately. The right-hander is

22-1 with a 0.92 ERA in his last 27 starts dating to June 21, 2015 and has won 17 consecutive decisions — including a pair of no-hitters.MORE: The Cubs look like the perfect baseball teamArrieta was 20-25 with a 5.46 ERA when the Orioles traded him to the Cubs in July 2013. He is 42-13 with a 2.15 ERA since, and there's no question that, barring injury, he would be the most coveted pitcher on the market if he does become a free agent.Whatever happens before Arrieta signs his next multiyear deal, he expects to be paid what he's worth."You want to be paid in respect to how your peers are paid," Arrieta said. "I don’t think that changes with any guy you ask. Guys want to be compensated fairly. If something comes up, I prefer it’s not dragged out. Let’s just continue to help carry this team to the postseason."