SCOTTSDALE, Arizona — The tweets came fast and furious Sunday afternoon, finally confirmed by Phillies beat writer Todd Zolecki:
Yes, source confirms multiple reports that the Phillies and Jake Arrieta have agreed to a multiyear deal. It is pending a physical.— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) March 11, 2018
The Phillies have long been seen as a good destination for Jake Arrieta — a team on the rise with good young hitters, that could use a solid experienced starting pitcher to solidify their rotation. We don’t yet know the financial terms of this contract or how many years it’s for, but Jake did want a “multi-year” deal and now, apparently, he has one.
Last month I wrote this long article in appreciation of what Jake did in his four and a half seasons with the Cubs. There’s really nothing I can add to that now other than to wish him well with his new team. I’m glad he didn’t sign with the Brewers or Cardinals, as that would have improved both those teams and given the Cubs tougher competition in the N.L. Central, not to mention potentially having to face Jake six times a year. With only two series a year against the Phillies, the Cubs will see him a maximum of twice, unless the Phillies and Cubs somehow meet in the postseason.
Which is now more possible than it was a day ago. I’d rate the Phillies as a marginal wild-card contender with Jake in the fold. The teams will meet at Wrigley Field June 4-5-6, and I’m sure Jake will be well-received and I’m sure the Cubs will prepare a tribute video to run before the game.
Best of luck, Jake, and thanks for the memories and the World Series title. You will forever be a Cubs champion.
And as for Jake himself, could this five-year-old tweet have been a prediction?
Where's the best cheesesteak in Philly?— Jake Arrieta (@JArrieta34) June 25, 2012
UPDATE: Here are details on Jake’s contract length and dollars.
Jake Arrieta gets $75 million over 3 years— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) March 11, 2018