The Philadelphia Phillies made a surprise move by signing starting pitcher Jake Arrieta to a three-year deal worth $75 million. He can opt out of the deal after the first two seasons. However the Phillies can void the opt-out clause if they are able to trigger a two-year extension to make the pact a five-year deal, according to FanRag Sports.
Arrieta was one of the main reasons why the Chicago Cubs won a World Series title in 2016. He won the CY Young Award in 2015.In 2017, Arrieta struggled a little bit. His record was 14-10 with a 3.53 ERA. In 168.1 innings pitched, Arrieta gave up 150 hits and 82 runs. He walked 55 batters and struck out 163 batters.
The Philadelphia Phillies brought him in to be a veteran leader for the young pitchers. Philadelphia isn’t ready to contend yet, unless the Phillies are closer than I think. Pitchers like Aaron Nola, Jerad Eickoff, and Zach Eflin will be influenced by him.
The Chicago Cubs didn’t re-sign Arrieta because they signed Yu Darvish instead. The Philadelphia Phillies will now be an interesting team to watch because they signed Arrieta and maybe Philadelphia could surprise some people this season.