Phillies officially announce Arrieta signing

Paola Ditto
Marzo 13, 2018

As he alludes to in the letter, Arrieta was dealt to the Cubs in 2013 after struggling in Baltimore (20-25, 5.46 ERA). "This was the beginning of a four and a half year stretch that would forever change our lives". On the verge of walking away from the game I love dearly, Theo [Epstein] called and the transformation began.

The starter quickly rose to the top of the majors as one of the best pitchers during his last four seasons with the Chicago Cubs. I looked myself in the mirror, as well as my two-year-old son and pregnant wife knowing in my heart that everything was about to change.

The 2015 NL Cy Young victor will not be returning to the Cubs, instead signing a multi-year deal with the Philadelphia Phillies, according to multiple reports. The contract is reportedly for three years and worth $75 million. Arrieta turned things around in 2014, won the Cy Young a season later, was named to his first All-Star Game in 2016 and helped the Cubs win their first World Series in 108 years.

Chicago was our home, and will forever be a special place for my entire family.

Arrieta added that "going to work everyday was an honor" and Cubs fans will be "missed dearly". Childhood dreams turned reality, thanks to so many wonderful people, all holding one another to a very high standard. I was lucky to have dedicated team-mates that willingly shed blood, sweat, and tears to achieve our goals. He'll now become a veteran ace of a young rotation and looks forward to "competing [against the Cubs] on opposite sides moving forward". "Thanks for the memories".

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