sources: phillies, about to make to make their pitching move, are closing in on a deal for jake arrieta. huge offseason for them. potential contender for wild card? https://t.co/BKCgTRyVfh
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 11, 2018
Jake deserves this money. He really does. He helped the Cubs fast forward their process a year or two and even gave Cubs fans the most electric second half of pitching that the game has ever seen. He started Wild Card and NLCS games and brought some stuff that was so nasty that it should be illegal.
It started to creep into my mind that the lack of interest on the market might force Jake to pull a Dexter Fowler and surprise the baseball world by just walking back into the Cubs facility. But nope.
As for the Phillies, I am not too sure where this leaves them now. With one of the deepest and most talented farm systems in baseball, they are still a few years away from contending and a three year deal with Arrieta seems like it makes him an glorified innings eater over everything. The Phillies have the money to throw at Bryce Harper next season, so maybe this is a move to make the team one step closer to becoming a sexy free agent destination. All will tell in time.
Thank you, Jake. Thank you for everything. Enjoy Philly and enjoy making your millions.
A fond farewell and THANK YOU to Jake Arrieta. His time with the Cubs:
– 68 wins from 2013-2017
– 2015 NL Cy Young Award
– 2-0 in 2016 WS
– 2016 World Series Champion
– 2 no hitters
A short video could never do it justice, but here's our way of saying thanks. pic.twitter.com/sG5FrUQp2T
— Cubs Insider (@realcubsinsider) March 11, 2018