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Jake Arrieta takes to Twitter to shut down Stephen A. Smith, ESPN

Jake Arrieta takes to Twitter to shut down Stephen A. Smith, ESPN

Jake Arrieta has emerged as one of the best pitchers in baseball, so naturally people are now throwing around the term "performance-enhancing drugs."

The Cubs ace laughed off those insinuations Tuesday in both a USATODAY article and then in meeting with Chicago reporters for nearly 15 minutes before the Cubs went out and beat the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field.

Apparently that laughing irked ESPN talking heads Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless because they went after Arrieta Wednesday.

Smith essentially just listed Arrieta's Baseball Reference page for much of the segment while talking about the right-hander's jump in innings pitched (and how deep he's going into games) and win total, citing how Arrieta's career high in wins in a season was 10 prior to notching 22 victories in his Cy Young 2015 season.

How exactly is a huge jump in wins an indication in any way of PED use? Wins are a team stat and the 2015 Cubs won 97 games.

"I'm not gonna accuse you of using performance-enhancing supplements, drugs, whatever you want to call it," Smith said. "But I will say that you shouldn't just be laughing at those who are looking at you and saying, 'Excuse me, what the hell is going on here?' Because it's not like they haven't seen performance-enhancing drug users before."

Smith then essentially said the same thing on Twitter while linking to the video, drawing Arrieta's attention:

Smith then backed down a bit in response:

Think it's safe to say we'll award the point to Arrieta in this round.

Podcast: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?

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Podcast: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?

On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, David Kaplan, Kelly Crull, Luke Stuckmeyer and Tony Andracki discuss the comments Chili Davis made after being fired as Cubs hitting coach, ask if the Cubs struggles on offense were Davis' fault or the players and what Anthony Iapoce will be walking into as he tries to gets the team back on track a the plate.

 

Listen to the entire podcast here, or in the embedded player below:

 

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

The changing of the guard continues for the Cubs this offseason. 

After the team hired a new hitting coach yesterday, it was reported today that they're losing a front office member: 

Rehman, who has been with the Cubs in the same position for the last seven years, will reportedly head up the Rangers' analytics department. According to the Chicago Tribune, Rehman's role was " evaluating existing systems, and recognizing and applying solutions in an effort to create competitive advantages for the organization." 

All reports indicate that he'll be doing similar analytic-based work with the Rangers.