Jake Arrieta writes 'thank you' letter to Chicago

Ruben Hill
March 14, 2018

Jake Arrieta understands why Philadelphia Phillies fans are ready for a victor. Last year, Arrieta's velocity dipped to 92.1 miles per hour and he went 14-10 with a 3.53 ERA. Arrieta was 2-0 in the seven-game series against Cleveland. "But what we can promise is, we're going to have conviction, we're going to fight, and at the end of the day, we're going to win". Arrieta was to be introduced at spring training during a news conference on Monday.

"He's a competitor and he brings it every day and the way he goes about playing baseball is going to teach a lot of guys there's a lot of different ways to being successful and he's an example of that", Hunter said.

"Anytime you get a chance to add someone of that caliber, he's done it at the highest level in the World Series, he knows how to win, I'm excited", Hoskins said.

"I think when you have players like Jake on the team, you've now crossed the bridge", said Arrieta's agent, Scott Boras, who also represented Harper.

"It's a business. Am I upset of frustrated? Absolutely not", Arrieta said.

The process of finding a new home may have taken longer than he expected, and he may not have gotten everything he wanted. Alex Cobb, Jose Bautista, Matt Holliday, Melky Cabrera, Mark Reynolds and Greg Holland are among the players still unsigned. "All the better for those who choose to be competitive but certainly it creates an irregularity in the system".

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.

The price of both options can increase by up to $5 million based on starts in both 2018 and 2019: $1 million for 25 each year, and $500,000 each for 27, 29 and 31.

"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. "We're here now. It's a tremendous honor and I look forward to making this organization proud".

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