Does Arrieta make the Phillies a playoff contender?

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Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta throws a pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning in game four of the 2017 NLCS playoff baseball series at Wrigley Field.

"We [liked] Jake's competitiveness, the way he competes, his work ethic", said General Manager Matt Klentak, who, like much of the Phillies' brain trust, was with the Baltimore Orioles when that franchise drafted Arrieta in 2007. "When you bring in players like Jake, you probably put the cream in the coffee when it's ready to drink". Overall in Chicago he posted a 2.73 ERA, 1.034 WHIP, 3.16 Fielding Independent Pitching and 793 strikeouts in 128 starts.

The Phillies haven't had a winning season since 2011, but have upgraded their roster by adding veteran slugger Carlos Santana, Hunter, 2017 All-Star reliever Pat Neshek and now Arrieta.

The showing of some of the young players has given fans some hope.

Arrieta is confident a team that won only 66 games last year is poised to contend under first-year manager Gabe Kapler. FanGraphs forecasts the Phillies for only 78 victories even after adding Arrieta into their calculations.

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"The team could've made a run without him", Hunter said. I think "rebuild" is a loose term. If you ask him if there's anybody that can do it, it'd be him.

Previous year he struggled with inconsistencies as he posted a 4.16 FIP in 168.1 innings and lost a few ticks on his fastball, but in the end he showed there is still enough talent in him to be effective in the future.

The price of both options can increase by up to $5 million based on starts in both 2018 and 2019: $1 million for 25 each year, and $500,000 each for 27, 29 and 31. "Maybe we think we could go acquire that piece a little later this season or in the offseason next year". Aaron Nola, the Phillies' top returning starter, is 24 years old.

"He makes us a lot better", Eickhoff said. "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". It'll be pretty special to interact with him. Sports Philadelphia first reported the agreement. The Phillies forfeited their second-highest selection and $500,000 in worldwide bonus allocation when they signed Santana to a $60 million, three-year contract. Joseph batted.247 with 43 homers in two seasons for Philadelphia.

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