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March 13, 2018, 11:00 am

Phillies sign Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Gabe Kapler has asked everybody in the Phillies organisation to deliberation with boldness and act with boldness . The Phillies made a remarkably bold move on Monday, when they officially proclaimed the sign language of former National League Cy Young Award victor Jake Arrieta. MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi reports it's a three-year written agreement deserving $75 cardinal -- Arrieta will make $30 cardinal in the archetypal year, $25 cardinal in the 2nd and $20 cardinal in the 3rd -- and that Arrieta can opt out of the written agreement aft 2019.

Phillies sign Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta
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SARASOTA, Fla. -- Gabe Kapler has asked everybody in the Phillies organisation to deliberation with boldness and act with boldness .

The Phillies made a remarkably bold move on Monday, when they officially proclaimed the sign language of former National League Cy Young Award victor Jake Arrieta. MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi reports it's a three-year written agreement deserving $75 cardinal -- Arrieta will make $30 cardinal in the archetypal year, $25 cardinal in the 2nd and $20 cardinal in the 3rd -- and that Arrieta can opt out of the written agreement aft 2019.

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Gabe Kapler has asked everybody in the Phillies organisation to deliberation with boldness and act with boldness .

The Phillies made a remarkably bold move on Monday, when they officially proclaimed the sign language of former National League Cy Young Award victor Jake Arrieta. MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi reports it's a three-year written agreement deserving $75 cardinal -- Arrieta will make $30 cardinal in the archetypal year, $25 cardinal in the 2nd and $20 cardinal in the 3rd -- and that Arrieta can opt out of the written agreement aft 2019.

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Philadelphia can void that opt out, though, if the club exercises a two-year delay that starts at $20 cardinal per time period, reported to Morosi, but it can range as much as $30 cardinal per time period supported on games started and NL Cy Young Award finishes.

In that case, the written agreement would be deserving as much as $135 cardinal over five time periods.

Video: Phillies respond to reportedly sign language Arrieta

Arrieta's reaching changes things for the Phillies. Kapler said at the first of Spring Training that he idea the Phils had the chance to "daze people." They mightiness not daze anybody anymore.

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Arrieta, 32, won the NL Cy Young Award with the Cubs in 2015, active 22-6 with a 1.77 ERA. He has since remained one of the best starters in baseball game over the past two time periods, active 18-8 with a 3.10 ERA in '16 and 14-10 with a 3.53 ERA in '17. Arrieta has made at least 30 starts in each of the past three time periods. If he maintains that level of production, he could put Philadelphia in the thick of posttime period contention for the archetypal time since 2011, a time period earlier than the organisation anticipated.

Sources indicated for weeks that the Phillies were unwilling to guarantee anything more than three time periods because analytics astir Arrieta's 2017 time period raised concerns astir a long-term written agreement .

So the Phils exercised patience as the calendar moved closer and closer to Opening Day and got pretty much what they wanted.

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Video: Phillies, Arrieta reportedly agree to three-year deal

"We're always trying to improve the team, but we've got to do it a way that makes sense now and next year," Phillies owner John Middleton told MLB.com in late February. "We don't want to sacrifice something significant in the future by making a short-term move. Whether it's a trade or a sign language, if we get the deal we deliberation is right, we'll do it. We'll pull the trigger. Money is zero object. No object whatsoever."

In other words, the Phils were fine paying major money for a player, if the years made sense.

The salary in each year of the two-year delay will be increased from $20 cardinal if Arrieta rangees a certain number of starts in each of the archetypal two time periods. According to Morosi, if he starts 25 games, he'll get $1 cardinal toward his salary in both 2021 and '22. If Arrieta starts 27, he'll get $1.5 cardinal toward each year's salary, 29 starts will get him $2 cardinal and 31 starts will get him $2.5 cardinal .

If Arrieta finishes in the top 5 of the NL Cy Young Award voting in each of the archetypal two time periods, the salaries of the two-year delay can increase to $30 cardinal , per Morosi.

The average annual value of Arrieta's deal ($25 cardinal ) was the highest signed by any player since the end of last time period. Carlos Santana's average annual value ($20 cardinal ) is the fifth highest.

Because Arrieta rejected the Cubs' qualifying offer last year, the Phillies will forfeit their 3rd-highest Draft pick, plus $500,000 in international sign language bonus money. They already surrendered their 2nd-highest pick, plus $500,000 in international sign language bonus money, when they signed Santana.

Video: Zinkie on Arrieta's fantasy value with the Phillies

If Arrieta maintains his recent level of performance for the next two or three time periods and helps the Phillies return to the posttime period, it will be a small price to pay. He immediately gives the Phils a solid 1-2 punch atop the rotation with Aaron Nola. The rest of the five-man rotation figures to be filled out with Vince Velasquez, Nick Pivetta and Jerad Eickhoff. Zach Eflin, Mark Leiter Jr., Ben Lively, Jake Thompson and non-roster invitee Drew Hutchison had been competing for the team's No. 5 job before the agreement with Arrieta.

It is unclear if Arrieta will be ready to pitch the archetypal week of the regular time period. It is unclear how much the veteran right-hander has been throwing before agreeing to the deal.

But even if Arrieta's debut is delayed a week or two, the Phils made themselves much more formidable in the NL East.

Fantasy spin | Fred Zinkie (@FredZinkieMLB)

Although his final numbers (3.53 ERA, 1.22 WHIP) were boosted by a strong finish, Arrieta showed signs of decline while working with diminished velocity in 2017. Recording an elevated 29.4 percent hard-hit rate (23.8 percent from '14-16), the right-hander saw his H/9 (8.0) and HR/9 (1.2) rates jump significantly (6.2 H/9, 0.5 HR/9 from '14-16). Still, Arrieta posted a stellar 2.73 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP across four-plus time periods with the Cubs and should be a solid No. 3 mixed-league starter while working in front of an improving lineup and a solid back-end bullpen trio of Tommy Hunter, Pat Neshek and Hector Neris.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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