Arrieta promising Phillies will ‘fight’
Newest Phillie ready to win now
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