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Jake Arrieta gets a deal he likes, ace set to join Phillies

Jake Arrieta gets a deal he likes, ace set to join Phillies

Arrieta, the 2015 NL Cy Young Award victor and 2016 World Series champion with the Cubs, agreed to a three-year, $75 million deal with the Phillies on Sunday. "I intend to come in here and win right away". A rebuild doesn't mean you can't win now. "I was coming hard". And I think the other players agree with me.

By the end of 2017, the Phillies were at a point in their rebuild where they had cleared the books of nearly any player making significant money.

The Phillies haven't had a winning season since 2011, but have upgraded their roster by adding veteran slugger Carlos Santana, Hunter, 2017 All-Star reliever Pat Neshek and now Arrieta. Jerad Eickhoff and Vince Velasquez, the two starters behind him, have yet to break through because of injuries and inconsistent performance.

Arrieta was 68-31 with a 2.73 ERA in five seasons in Chicago after starting his career in Baltimore.

Arrieta earned $15,637,500 last year in a one-year contract and many had predicted a deal with more guaranteed years.

Period. Not just the best pitcher - the best player, " said Phillies owner John Middleton. "We recognize that, and that's why we really, really wanted him".

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The Phillies will officially introduce him at a press conference at 9 a.m. on Tuesday morning in Clearwater, Florida. A greeting committee welcomed him upon arrival. He has started at least 30 games over the last three seasons.

The Cubs won the World Series the following season, ending a 108-year championship drought. He was 14-10 with a 3.53 ERA previous year. Opponents logged a.283/.364/.528 slash line vs. his cutter, compared to.186/.239/.271 in 2015. Arrieta was 2-0 in the seven-game series against Cleveland. "I don't want to put that burden or that weight on one person to say one guy is going to transform an organization or a team. If that velocity does go back to 95-96, the league is in a lot of trouble".

The Phillies could have given their rebuild another year, waited until next winter and - with their strong revenue and paltry salary commitments - gone nuts in a historic free agent market that will include Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and possibly Clayton Kershaw.

"This is a special situation for me", Arrieta said. "There's talent in here that needs experiential refinement, attitude and confidence". It's not up to you as a player or a friend.

Familiarity helped play a role in bringing Arrieta to Philadelphia. Phillies president Andy MacPhail and general manager Matt Klentak worked for the Orioles when Arrieta pitched at Camden Yards. There's no guarantee that you're going to feel good [each day] or that you're going to get a good night's sleep the night before. "We're going to have conviction and we're going to fight and we're going to win".


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