Phillies Nation Podcast: Episode 36 – EMERGENCY PODCAST: Phillies sign Jake Arrieta

The 36th episode of the Phillies Nation Podcast is live!

The Phillies have signed free agent pitcher Jake Arrieta to a three-year, $75 million guaranteed contract. Tim Malcolm responds to the deal and talks about what it means for the Phillies in 2018 and going forward.

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  1. Wbramh

    March 12, 2018 at 11:10 am

    Let me first say that I like the signing, too – and much for the same reasons you like it, Tim.

    Most importly, the Phillies were patient before jumping and minimized their long-term risk. Also, it could be argued that before the Arrieta signing, the Phillies’ rotation consisted of Aaron Nola followed by nobody at 2, 3 & 4 followed by about 4 big question marks vying for #5 and Sixto Sanchez still closer to short pants than a major league mound. So as I see it, even if Arrieta doesn’t recover his speed and mechanics (and his mechanics have suffered along with his speed – especially his slider), he’d probably be no worse than a very good #4 had he signed with a playoff team and certainly has high promise as a #2 on this year’s Phillies club.

    The down side is the possibility that Arrieta’s speed and mechanics continue to suffer a precipitous decline at age 32, which would leave the Phillies with a contract roughly resembling that of Ryan Howard’s in its waning years. But unlike the Howard situation, Arrieta doesn’t appear to suffer from injuries and the team currently has ample cap room. Additionally, while Arrieta’s velocity loss is a concern, mechanical issues have affected the rest of his game and mechanics can often be corrected. Arrieta’s strength has alway been his repertoire of decent if not standout pitches coupled with above average deception. To make that deception work, he relies on pinpoint mechanics for the ball to end up where he intended it to cross the plate. As those mechanics go, so goes Arrieta. Before he originally mastered those mechanics, Arrieta was barely a #4 starter for the first 5 seasons of his major league career. While a return to 2015 Cy Young form is an unrealistic hope, I’d gladly take the 2016 Arrieta or even the 2017 version which would still be good enough for a #2 on this sub optimum staff.

    No matter what fate brings to the Phillies-Arrieta marriage, the club will have retained the cap room to make a couple of big splashes in next year’s FA while they continue their search for bargain (and legitimate) MLB arms that might still be lurking deep in their farm system.

    The Arrieta signing is a risk but one worth taking whiled the front office continues its quest to find another 3 or 4 legitimate MLB arms to round out the staff. If nothing else, this signing adheres to John Middleton’s promise to the fan base to field a more competitive and entertaining product while the rebuild continues.

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