Jake Arrieta hopes to remain with the Chicago Cubs beyond this season, but the pitcher is also aware of how the business of baseball works.
"Time flies quickly," Arrieta said. "It feels like only a few months ago that I was traded over here and starting my career as a Cub. I've had some incredible experiences with this organization. I owe a lot to this team, this organization, this ownership. I don't want to see that time come to an end, but unfortunately the business side shows its head every once in a while. I still think there is opportunity and chances we can have good conversations as far as an extension is concerned."
The Cubs say there has been no movement between the sides since the team and Arrieta agreed on a $15.6 million deal for 2017.
"There is an open dialogue there," he said. "I believe we will have talks. I don't think it's really my No.1 priority. I want to focus on my health and coming into camp and being well rested and in as good a shape as I possibly can."