FantasySP / MLB / Jake Arrieta FantasySP / MLB / Jake Arrieta Copyright 2018 5146056 <![CDATA[Cubs believe Justin Wilson stepping toward a rebound season]]> Justin Wilson spent the offseason preparing for spring training by throwing off the bullpen mound at Jake Arrieta’s alma mater at TCU.

This doesn’t guarantee that Wilson will undergo the dramatic transformation Arrieta achieved during his 4 ½ seasons with the Cubs, but manager Joe Maddon believes...

]]> 5146056 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 8:35:01 EDT Chicago Tribune
<![CDATA[Phillies could get Jake Arrieta on their terms]]> Jake Arrieta remains unsigned, the higher the chances the Phillies will get their way. The free-agent pitcher and the Phillies, according to a Tuesday morning report by Jon Heyman, are “having dialogue.” The Phillies met with Scott Boras, Arrieta's agent, in December at the...]]> 5144908 Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:28:01 EDT Allentown Morning Call <![CDATA[Morning News: Nick Williams smashes Kapler’s car with home run ball]]>
Nope, not here: No Jake Arrieta updates (surprise!), but Nick Williams slammed a home run ball that hit Gabe Kapler’s rental car.

“The car can go in the shop, I don’t need to see it for a long time. I’ll get another rental. I want as many Nick Williams home runs as possible,” said the skipper.

K-Rod Report: Todd Zolecki also had an early report on Francisco Rodriguez, the former relief ace who’s trying to catch on in camp. Kapler said he looked “very competitive.]]> 5144806 Wed, 21 Feb 2018 10:56:01 EDT Phillies Nation
<![CDATA[Phillies have dialogue with agent for Arrieta]]> Jake Arrieta's agent, Scott Boras, are "having dialogue" about a deal.

Spin: Sources have told that the Phillies would consider a three-year contract for Arrieta, but little has changed despite discussions throughout the offseason. Arrieta, who turns 32 on March 6, went 14-10 with a 3.53 ERA in 30 starts last season for the Cubs. His fastball velocity dropped from 94.3 mph in 2016 to 92.7 mph in 2017, which could be cause for concern. Perhaps it is why the Cubs never made a contract offer to Arrieta, despite him pitching for them the previous five seasons. Instead, they recently signed Yu Darvish to a six-year, $126 million deal. Heyman reported at the time that the Cubs called Arrieta to see if he would consider a similar deal, if Darvish declined. Heyman reported that Arrieta "wasn't immediately prepared to accept a six-year deal for what was believed to be for a similar annual salary." If that is the case, then the Phillies and Arrieta are a long way apart.]]> 5144214 Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:42:16 EDT
<![CDATA[Morning News: Phillies rumored to be talking with Jake Arrieta]]>
Here are your morning news bits …

Arrieta rumor: Jon Heyman writes that the Phillies and free agent pitcher Jake Arrieta “are having a dialogue.” How long do these dialogues last? Is it a constant phone conversation? Is it one phone call each day for four minutes? Are there texts? How does this work?

Anyway, Heyman says the Phils want a shorter-term contract. Makes sense. I guess we’ll just wait for the next update.

UPDATE: Ha! Todd Zolecki reports the Phils would consider signing Arrieta for three years, and that “a deal seems unlikely at the moment.]]> 5144126 Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:35:01 EDT Phillies Nation
<![CDATA[Phillies, Arrieta reportedly 'having dialogue']]> Jake Arrieta considers himself one of the elite pitchers in baseball, and he still hopes to be paid like one.]]> 5144122 Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:28:01 EDT Official Philadelphia Phillies <![CDATA[Jake Arrieta Rumors: Phillies, Pitcher 'Having Dialogue' on Potential Contract]]> Jake Arrieta are reportedly "having dialogue" regarding a potential contract, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Heyman added that while many involved with the Phillies "love" Arrieta due to their familiarity with him dating back to his time with the Baltimore Orioles, they would rather sign him to a shorter-term deal than he is seeking.

Arrieta is among the biggest names remaining in a free-agent market that has taken longer than usual to clear out]]> 5144091 Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:28:02 EDT Bleacher Report
<![CDATA[Phillies Engaged In “Dialogue” With Jake Arrieta]]> Jake Arrieta and his representatives, according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag (via Twitter). While there’s currently a “gap” between the sides’ bargaining positions, it seems there’s at least some real interest being explored. Philadelphia has long been cited as a possible landing spot for Arrieta, but this is…]]> 5144090 Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:28:02 EDT MLBTradeRumors <![CDATA[Is signing Jake Arrieta in Phillies' plans?]]> Jake Arrieta - and Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said he...]]> 5142038 Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:28:01 EDT Allentown Morning Call <![CDATA[Opinion: Jake Arrieta is the best option for the Phillies]]>
Under normal circumstances, pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training would pretty much signal the end of the offseason’s big free-agent signings. This year, however, has been marked by many notable names going unsigned, which has made the hot stove remarkably cold compared to previous offseasons.

One advantage of this situation is that it gives teams like the Phillies a chance to swoop in and still make a big deal before the season officially begins. The Phils may be prepared to go forward with the players that are currently on their roster, but one name that could really provide the team with a sorely needed upgrade is Jake Arrieta]]> 5142025 Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:00:02 EDT Phillies Nation
<![CDATA[Tommy La Stella envisions a motivated Jake Arrieta: 'He always pitches with a chip on his shoulder']]> The team that eventually signs Jake Arrieta will receive an extremely motivated pitcher.

That’s the view of Cubs infielder and friend Tommy La Stella, who remains in touch with the former Cubs ace who is still a free agent.

“He’s never lacking in motivation, so he always goes out there and pitches...

]]> 5141947 Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:14:01 EDT Chicago Tribune
<![CDATA[Jake Arrieta not forgotten by Cubs]]> The Cubs showed some dignity by not yet assigning the No. 49 jersey worn by free agent Jake Arrieta.

This doesn’t indicate that they’re keeping the jersey fresh for the 2015 National League Cy Young winner, but President Theo Epstein made a point to praise Arrieta without steering the attention...

]]> 5140331 Wed, 14 Feb 2018 0:14:01 EDT Chicago Tribune
<![CDATA[An ode to Jake Arrieta's greatness, as the Cubs move on with Yu Darvish]]> For a season and a half or two seasons starting in 2015, Jake Arrieta was the greatest pitcher in baseball.

He was Pedro in 2000.

Gibson in ‘68.

Koufax in ’61-’66 inclusive.

Arrieta did not start out as the ace of aces, but he finished there in 2015, winning the Cy Young Award after accomplishing...

]]> 5139210 Mon, 12 Feb 2018 9:42:01 EDT Chicago Tribune
<![CDATA[9 questions for the Cubs heading into spring training]]> Despite three consecutive trips to the National League Championship Series, issues hover over the Cubs. Here’s a look at nine questions they face entering spring training:

1. Is the rotation deep enough?

The Cubs have yet to acquire a pitcher close to the caliber of free agent Jake Arrieta. Yu...

]]> 5139187 Mon, 12 Feb 2018 8:21:01 EDT Chicago Tribune
<![CDATA[Cubs Reportedly Made Late Call To Arrieta Before Signing Darvish]]> Yu Darvish, Theo Epstein contacted Jake Arrieta to see if the former Chicago ace would be willing to accept a six-year offer in the range of the $126MM given to Darvish, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reports.  “Darvish was the focus by that point, but with some uncertainty about…]]> 5139140 Mon, 12 Feb 2018 0:56:01 EDT MLBTradeRumors