Jake Arrieta Rumors: Phillies 'Moving Close' to Contract Agreement with Pitcher

Jake Arrieta Rumors: Phillies 'Moving Close' to Contract Agreement with Pitcher

"The team could've made a run without him", Hunter said. "I feel like we'll probably sit down and game plan and decide how quickly I get into a game and how many pitches I'm able to throw right away and develop a program to get me ready for the opening week of the season because that's exactly what I intend to do. But what we can promise is that we're going to have conviction, we're going to fight, and we're going to win at the end of the day".

"You see the Philadelphia Eagles won a Super Bowl", Arrieta, who signed a three-year deal worth $75 million with the Phillies, told the media on Tuesday morning.

"This is going to be a pretty ideal marriage", said Gabe Kapler, the Phillies' rookie manager, "[between] what our players need from Jake and what Jake can bring to our clubhouse". Nothing the Phillies spent this offseason will limit them next winter. In 2015, Arrieta posted a 22-6 record with a 1.77 ERA and won the NL Cy Young Award while averaging 94.6 miles per hour on the radar gun. Both players are in the final year of their contracts. Three consecutive NLCS appearances, two NL Central titles, and a World Series championship ... the first in 108 years.

The Phillies went 66-96 and finished last in the NL East.

The question on many industry insiders' minds is: why? At the same time, the team, through the play of young building blocks such as starting pitcher Aaron Nola and slugger Rhys Hoskins, had gone 37-36 over their final 73 games, which the front office took as a signal the corner had been turned. Middleton said he thinks next year's free agents "would notice a lot" at what the Phillies did this offseason.

"We're serious about winning and we're going to do what it takes to win", co-owner John Middleton said.

Arrieta had a rough start to the 2017 campaign (8-7 with a 4.35 ERA before the All-Star break), but his strong second half (6-3 with a 2.28 ERA) allowed him to finish with a 14-10 record, 163 strikeouts and a 3.53 ERA in 168.1 innings pitched. "When you bring in players like Jake, you probably put the cream in the coffee when it's ready to drink".

But the harsher truth is that the thriving marketplace Boras and Arrieta may have imagined emerging for the pitcher's services never materialized.

The option prices would increase to $28 million if he is among the top five in Cy Young Award voting in 2018 or 2019, and to $30 million if he is among the top three in either year.

"I knew this was an organization that was hungry to win", Arrieta said.

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