Jake Arrieta is moving to the City of Brotherly Love. After a loooooooong off-season, the free agent announced his move today on Twitter. The contract is reportedly worth $75 million over 3 years. Arrieta will make $30 million in the first year, $25 million in the second year, and $20 million in the third year, with the ability to opt out after 2019. Philly can exercise a 2-year extension, making the contract 5 years, with a total value of $135 million.
Rumors have circulated for weeks about where Arrieta would end up, with sources citing possible negotiations with the Phillies, Nationals, and even the Cardinals, where his good friend Matt Carpenter is a starting first baseman.
The Cubs and Chicago as a whole have shown their appreciation for Arrieta and all he did for the Cubs.
A fond farewell and THANK YOU to Jake Arrieta. His time with the Cubs:— Cubs Insider (@realcubsinsider) March 11, 2018
- 68 wins from 2013-2017
- 2015 NL Cy Young Award
- 2-0 in 2016 WS
- 2016 World Series Champion
- 2 no hitters
A short video could never do it justice, but here's our way of saying thanks. pic.twitter.com/sG5FrUQp2T
Chicago will miss you, Jake Arrieta. pic.twitter.com/vRWz8RMOSz— Cubs Live (@Cubs_Live) March 11, 2018
Reliving some of Jake Arrieta's best moments in a Cubs uniform.— NBC Sports Chicago (@NBCSChicago) March 11, 2018
There were plenty to pick from. pic.twitter.com/6TIajpmU9B
And finally, one baseball fan with way too much time on his hands shared this:
Looks like Jake Arrieta’s about to finally get an answer to this question, 6 years later pic.twitter.com/aGKInOOGbW— Old Player Tweets (@OldPlayerTweets) March 11, 2018
Let us know the answer, Jake. Now please excuse me while I go shopping.