Jake Arrieta pens heartfelt letter to Chicago

Jake Arrieta pens heartfelt letter to Chicago

It is an incredibly complex and creative contract as it features several opt-outs and ways the Phillies could reject an opt-out from Arrieta.

Since he signed a two-year deal in December, the reliever had been pushing Jake Arrieta to follow him to Philadelphia.

On Sunday, the Philadelphia Phillies scooped up baseball's final remaining A-list free agent, signing righty Jake Arrieta for $75 million over three seasons.

But when the Philadelphia Phillies unveiled new ace Jake Arrieta on Tuesday, the big moment came along the sunny Gulf Coast of Florida, almost a month into spring training, 16 days from Opening Day - a reality that added another layer of intrigue and altered the typical atmosphere of these ceremonies, turning parts of Arrieta's introduction into something more resembling a pep rally. "I was coming hard".

"When you bring in players like Jake", said Boras, whose stockpile of lofty metaphors to describe his clients is apparently endless, "you put the cream in the coffee where it's ready to drink". "Ultimately it's up to the people in charge to get this done and they did it". It was called "Phillies: What will come of the rest of the offseason".

That confidence (along with work ethic and wisdom) can be passed along to a young rotation in need of that kind of leader.

Hunter and Arrieta have been friends since their college days.

He threw an average of 187 innings per season the past four years for the Cubs.

"We're serious about winning and we're going to do what it takes to win", co-owner John Middleton said. He's a guy you can talk to.

The showing of some of the young players has given fans some hope.

Arrieta, 32, was 14-10 with a 3.53 ERA for the Chicago Cubs last season.

Arrieta is confident a team that won only 66 games last year is poised to contend under first-year manager Gabe Kapler.

Arrieta owns a career record of 88-56 with 1,070 strikeouts and a 3.57 ERA in 1,161 innings pitched spanning eight seasons.

The starter quickly rose to the top of the majors as one of the best pitchers during his last four seasons with the Chicago Cubs. Phillies president Andy MacPhail and general manager Matt Klentak worked for the Orioles when Arrieta pitched at Camden Yards.

"The team could've made a run without him", Hunter said. I think a guy like that is going to be good. If you ask him if there's anybody that can do it, it'd be him.

The price of both options can increase by up to $5 million based on starts in both 2018 and 2019: $1 million for 25 each year, and $500,000 each for 27, 29 and 31. He has started at least 30 games over the last three seasons. He will combine with Aaron Nola (12-11, 3.54 ERA) to lead the Phillies' starting rotation. The team has a slew of young pitchers who could fill in. It'll be pretty special to interact with him.

The first thing to note is that Philadelphia will nearly certainly be much improved from last year's 96-loss fiasco.

To make room for Arrieta on the 40-man roster, the Phillies designated first baseman Tommy Joseph for assignment.

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