Britton, Arrieta sign big contracts

Two baseball players with local ties have signed big contracts to play in 2017.

Weatherford High School graduate Zach Britton has agreed to an $11.4 million deal to avoid salary arbitration with the Baltimore Orioles.

Former Weatherford College pitcher Jake Arrieta avoided arbitration by reaching a one-year, $15.6375-million deal Friday with the Chicago Cubs.

Both deals were for the 2017 season only.

Britton had a 0.54 ERA — the lowest ever for a pitcher who worked at least 50 innings in a season — as he finished fourth in American League Cy Young Award voting and won the AL Mariano Rivera Reliever of the Year Award.

Arrieta went 18-8 with a 3.10 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in 31 starts in 2016. His contract expires at the end of the 2017 season.

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