The Phillies front office made a huge splash this past week by finally putting the finishing touches on signing Jake Arrieta. Rumors have been circulating that the two sides were discussing a contract since the start of Spring Training in mid February. They finally were able to agree on the terms but what does this signing mean for both sides?
With this signing, the Phillies front office has continued to show that they are staying away from long term deals that might hinder the future of this franchise. This acquisition along with Carlos Santana signing a three year deal should show the Philadelphia fan base that Matt Klentak, along with the Phillies brass, is approaching the idea of saving money for the young core of this organization.Players such as Rhys Hoskins, J.P. Crawford and Maikel Franco are still in their rookie contracts and are team controlled for the next few years. If all three of these players can live up to their potential than the Phillies could have a talented young cheap team that could get this franchise back to the playoffs.
However, with no long term money tied down to any player who does this franchise turn to when deciding who to build around. Aaron Nola, Jerad Eickhoff and Vince Velasquez are also part of this franchise’s future but these three, along with the aforementioned position players, have also not lived up to their full potential. Sure these three are cheap compared to other pitchers in the league but are they bona fide franchise pieces who will be able to pitch us to the World Series? That is yet to be seen and the front office has a tough decision in figuring out who demands a long term deal when the time for a new contract arises.
Jake Arrieta does bring in some guts and tough experience to this locker room which should be a huge positive for a young team still trying to find an identity. On his resume, Jake has a Cy Young award, two no hitters and a World Series title which should motivate the pitchers already in the Phillies clubhouse. Even if Jake doesn’t succeed on the field, his mentorship should be enough to make this signing a good choice by the front office.
The Jake Arrieta signing by the Phillies shows the MLB that last year’s results is unacceptable and the Phillies can do better. He is a number one starter who might not be enough to lead this team to a NL East title but should be enough to help this team stay competitive through the dog days of Summer. The front office was smart about not tying up long term dollars to a pitcher in his 30’s and at the same time this gives them time to decide on the future of this organization. For now though, just sit back and enjoy watching this team mold themselves into a winner once again!
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