Ar­ri­eta promis­ing Phillies will ‘fight’

New­est Phillie ready to win now

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - SPORTS - By Rob Maaddi

CLEAR­WA­TER, FLA. » Jake Ar­ri­eta put on a red No. 49 Philadel­phia Phillies jer­sey for the first time and sent a mes­sage to his new team­mates and fans.

“We’re go­ing to prom­ise a fight,” Ar­ri­eta said Tues­day, a day af­ter the ace righty fi­nal­ized a $75 mil­lion, three-year con­tract that could be worth up to $135 mil­lion over five sea­sons. “We’re go­ing to have con­vic­tion and we’re go­ing to fight and we’re go­ing to win.”

The Phillies haven’t had a win­ning sea­son since 2011, when they won their fifth straight NL East ti­tle. But the ad­di­tion of Ar­ri­eta sig­nals the end of a long, ar­du­ous re­build­ing process.

“We’re se­ri­ous about win­ning and we’re go­ing to do what it takes to win,” co-owner John Mid­dle­ton said.

Ar­ri­eta is con­fi­dent a team that won only 66 games last year is poised to con­tend un­der firstyear man­ager Gabe Kapler. The Phillies spent big in free agency, sign­ing slug­ger Car­los San­tana and re­liev­ers Tommy Hunter and

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