Offseason

Texas two-step: Nick Williams courting Jake Arrieta



Could Jake Arrieta become a Phillie? The possibility is certainly there.

Nick Williams, young outfielder and apparently the best team ambassador since the Phanatic, has been working out in Austin, Texas, this offseason with the right-handed free agent, and according to an Athletic report by Megan Montemurro, “He would love to play here.” Here as in Philadelphia, by the way.

Look, if Williams wants to talk turkey with Arrieta over breakfast tacos, I’m all for it. Arrieta put up a 3.53 ERA with an 8.7 K/9 and 2.9 BB/9 last season – not his best numbers, but clearly still good enough to be a No. 2 type. The question is how much the Phils would need to pay for someone like Arrieta. They can give him what he wants, but do they think he’s worth all of it?

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