Jake Arrieta pens heartfelt letter to Chicago

Annette Crawford
March 14, 2018

Arrieta, one of the top free agents on the market this offseason, waited until two weeks before Opening Day to finalize a guaranteed three-year, $75 million deal that could max out at five years and $135 million.

"I want to thank the Middleton family and the Phillies' front office for believing in me and believing that I can come in and move the needle", Arrieta said.

So whose names are already circled?

Middleton greenlighted Klentak to spend $169 million this winter on four free agents.

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.

The Phillies haven't had a winning season since 2011, when they won their fifth straight NL East title.

While the rest of the industry has largely turned away from free agency as the preferred method of acquiring players - a trend that has inflamed labor relations and left many players still scrambling for jobs - the Phillies have treated these past 4½ months as some sort of game-show shopping spree, where they have to fill up their cart with as many shiny products as possible and get to the checkout counter before the clock runs out. And the team hopes those four investments make them an even more attractive landing spot for the likes of Harper and Machado.

Since he signed a two-year deal in December, the reliever has been pushing Jake Arrieta to follow him to Philadelphia. "The Phillies are certainly something that brings to light, probably the flow of competitiveness in the real". I think "rebuild" is a loose term. "When you bring in players like Jake, you probably put the cream in the coffee when it's ready to drink". "Absolutely not", Arrieta said.

Arrieta was part of a rebuilding process in Chicago that reached the playoffs a year or two before most expected the Cubs to be competitive.

"This is going to be a pretty flawless marriage", said Gabe Kapler, the Phillies' rookie manager, "[between] what our players need from Jake and what Jake can bring to our clubhouse". "High velocity or not, I know exactly what I'm doing on the mound and I know how to utilize my stuff to the best of my ability". "I was coming hard".

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