Jake Arrieta signs multi-year deal with Phillies
|2018-03-11 16:34:50.0- -||
It finally happened.
Former Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta has a new MLB home as he signed a three-year contract worth $75 million with the Philadelphia Phillies pending a physical.
The contract was not the $200 million that super agent Scott Boras wanted for his client but $25 million AAV is nothing to sneeze at for Arrieta and his family.
In 2017, Arrieta was 14-10 with 3.53 ERA with 163 strikeouts and 1.22 WHIP. During his successful career transformation with the Cubs, he was 68-31 with a 2.73 ERA in 128 career starts. In his impressive Cy Young Award-winning year in 2015, he was 22-6 with a sparkling 1.77 ERA. Arrieta was so dominant that he finished in the Top 10 of the National League CY Young voting for three straight years (2004-2016).
One of the wildest stats on Arrieta is that he hit homers at a greater rate (1.89%) than he allowed (1.81%) the last four seasons.
Arrieta had a wonderful four year run with the Cubs and fans everywhere will always cherish the memories of him helping the team win the 2016 World Series with a clutch 2-0 record.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon said it best about Arrieta during an interview recently.
"Jake did so much wonderful work for the Cubs," Maddon said. "Primarily, he came here to be a Cub and he did that and he ascended to a Cy Young and three years of playoffs. I want nothing but good things to happen to Jake. I want what's best for them."
The Cubs will face the Phillies at Wrigley Field on June 5-7 and the Cubs will travel to Philly on Aug. 31-Sept. 2.
Lots of layers to Arrieta leaving for Philly I’m sure but one thing to remember is Cubs insisted on sixth year for Darvish to lower annual $$ to 21 mil instead of 25 mil. So that small of a difference was important for Cubs.— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) March 11, 2018
Arrieta salaries are 30M, 25M and 20M. Can opt out after two. Deal could go to 5 years and be worth 125M to 135M. #phillies— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 11, 2018
phillies can void the arrieta opt out by triggering a 2-year extension that starts at 20M per year, rises to 25M based on games started in first 2 years, or up to 30M based on cy young finishes. 135M possible. #phillies— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 11, 2018
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