Cataldi, or someone posing as him, put his name on this magnificent example of bullshit in the PhillyVoice:
There are alarms sounding everywhere in the aftermath of this astounding deal. The truth is, this move has all the markings of a full-blown disaster.
First of all, it appears that Arrieta will be the first player in Philadelphia sports history to earn a base salary of $30 million. Think about that. He’s a 32-year-old pitcher who has lost three miles an hour off his fastball in the past three seasons, and he’s coming off an ordinary (14-10, 3.53 ERA) year after winning the Cy Young Award in 2015. And he’s making more than anyone ever made here? Hey, no pressure, Jake.
Secondly, he has some political baggage. After the Cubs won the World Series, Arrieta snubbed an invitation to the White House, even though the occupant at the time was a Chicago hero, Barack Obama. Instead, Arrieta sent out a controversial Tweet after Donald Trump was elected inviting all of the new president’s critics to leave the country.
And finally – this is the biggest one – why would the best GM in baseball, Theo Epstein, sign World Series bust Yu Darvish to a six-year, $126-million contract instead of retaining his own hero for far less? Darvish is only five months younger than Arrieta, and he’s coming off a much worse (10-12, 3.86 ERA) season.
The executive closest to Arrieta during the pitcher’s best years wanted nothing to do with him this winter, and we’re supposed to place our blind faith in Phils GM Matt Klentak, who has none of the history for success that Epstein has? No, thanks.
Here’s hoping the Phillies are back in contention because they just signed Jake Arrieta.
I’ll believe it when I see it: