The Philadelphia Phillies splurged on then-free agent starter Jake Arrieta in 2018, inking him to a three-year, $75 million deal based on his Cy Young-level performances as a member of the Chicago Cubs.
However, we're through two years of that deal and not only have we not seen Cy Young-winning form from Arrieta, but he's been below average this year, as a bone spur in his right arm has left him with a bloated 4.64 ERA.
Jake Arrieta Contract Details
The Philadelphia Phillies gave Jake Arrieta a 3 year, $75 million contract. Could quite possibly go down as the one of the worst deals in team history.— Ty Daubert (@TyDaubert) July 27, 2019
Arrieta will be paid $20 million in 2020 and has $22.5 million club options for 2021 and 2022 in his age-35 and -36 seasons. He was paid $30 million in 2018 and $25 million this season.
His salary for this year ranks him within the top-10 highest-paid starting pitchers, which is a travesty considering he's 18-19 with a 4.26 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in 55 starts with the Phillies.