Former Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta headed to Philly on a three-year contract
According to multiple reports, Jake Arrieta has finally landed a multi-year deal. Arrieta and the Phillies have agreed to terms on a three-year, $75 million contract, pending a physical. Arrieta will be reunited with a lot of the same front office that drafted him while they were calling the shots in Baltimore.
Arrieta signed with the Phillies for reportedly less than the Cubs were willing to extend his contract for over two years ago. Multiple reports at the time had the Cubs offering Arrieta at least a three-year deal in the $80 million range.
Updated 6:11pm CDT: According to Jon Heyman, Arrieta will be paid $30 million this season (2018), $25 million in 2019 and $20 million in 2020. Arrieta can opt out of his contract after two years. Arrieta’s deal can be as long as five years and worth between $125 million to $135 million. Heyman explained “the Phillies can void the Arrieta opt out by triggering a two-year extension that starts at $20 million per year.” His contract can rise to “$25 million based on games started in the first two years, or up to $30 million based on Cy Young finishes.”
Jake Arrieta will forever be a Cub and etched his name in the history books by being part of the Cubs team that finally won it all. Arrieta was as responsible for the franchise’s turnaround as anyone in the clubhouse.
The Cubs stole Jake Arrieta from the Orioles in the summer of 2013. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer sent RHP Scott Feldman, C Steve Clevenger and International Slot money to the O’s for Arrieta and RHP Pedro Strop.
The Arrieta/Strop trade will be remembered as one of the best deals in Cubs history.
With the Cubs while listening to pitching coach Chris Bosio, Jake Arrieta was 68-31 in 128 starts over five seasons with a 2.73 ERA and 1.03 WHIP. Arrieta struck out 793 batters with only 244 walks in 803 innings.
Arrieta put together the most dominant second half of a baseball season by any starting pitcher in the game during the 2015 season. Arrieta was 12-1 in 15 starts with a 0.75 ERA and 0.72 WHIP. And he pitched the first of his two no-hitters with the Cubs. Arrieta led the Cubs to the NLCS on his way to winning the NL Cy Young Award.
Arrieta was not as dominant in 2016. He did help the Cubs win the World Series in what was a season that will never be forgotten by anyone that has or will follow the Northsiders.
When the front office inked Yu Darvish right before camp began this spring, it ended Arrieta’s time with the Cubs. While he will no longer don the uniform, Jake Arrieta is and always will be a Cub and one of the best players to ever wear the blue pinstripes.