But they waited and waited, and by late February heard numbers more to their liking - then needed about two weeks to hammer out a complex deal that includes an opt-out for Arrieta after 2019 that the Phillies can override by granting a two-year extension. Arrieta said he has been throwing 50-65 pitch bullpen sessions every two or three days. "When you bring in players like Jake, you probably put the cream in the coffee when it's ready to drink".
"Jake is among the best pitchers in baseball and his list of accomplishments is exceptional", Klentak said in a press release. "I am confident that he will be a great addition to our talented young team". Santana, catcher Cameron Rupp, third baseman Maikel Franco, outfielder Rhys Hoskins and a half dozen other Phillies players and coaches ringed the back wall of Arrieta's introductory news conference and listened to him preach commitment and accountability.
"We're serious about winning and we're going to do what it takes to win", co-owner John Middleton said. The Phillies open the season on March 29 in Atlanta against the Braves. "You have to be to pitch at the level he's pitched the last few years, to walk around with that swag, and it's going to take a lot of pressure off a lot of people having him in here".
The fact that the market wasn't almost as profitable as Arrieta - who supposedly was initially seeking $200 million - had hoped allowed the Phillies to land Arrieta for the "relatively" modest price of $75 million over three years.
As he alluded to in the letter posted to Twitter, Arrieta was dealt to the Cubs in 2013 after struggling in Baltimore (20-25, 5.46 ERA).More news: Police name person of interest in Binghamton student's homicide
Arrieta will join Aaron Nola atop the Phillies' rotation on a team that finished last in the NL East. Jerad Eickhoff and Vince Velasquez are expected to be in the rotation and Nick Pivetta is the leading candidate for the fifth spot. "But what we can promise is that we're going to have conviction, we're going to fight, and we're going to win at the end of the day".
The Nationals presented a win-now team with a need for one more front-line starter, as well as an owner, Ted Lerner, with whom Boras has hammered out deals in the past. "Even though we are technically in a rebuild, I think all the players would agree with me that we intend to win, rebuild or not". What a competitor, what a person, what a pitcher to learn from. It'll be pretty special to interact with him. Three consecutive NLCS appearances, two NL Central titles, and a World Series championship ... the first in 108 years.
NBC Sports Philadelphia first reported the agreement.
To make room for the right hander on the 40-man roster, the club designated Tommy Joseph for assignment.