The Phillies are poised for relevance after signing Jake Arrieta. What will be the next move to get over the hump?

Two steps down, two to go.

The Phillies rebuilding process went into overdrive this week with the signing of Jake Arrieta to a three-year, $75M contract. With Arrieta, Carlos Santana, Pat Neshek and Tommy Hunter in tow, the Phillies spent nearly $200M on free agents this winter to augment a young, rising team.

When coupled with the patience (some may call it tanking) to allow the farm system to regenerate over the last few seasons, the Phillies have seemingly nailed the first two legs of a perfect rebuild.

Next up: Success on the field this season, spurring a major pitch to free agents like Bryce Harper and Manny Machado next winter.

If the Phillies are in the race in July, don’t be surprised if general manager Matt Klentak uses a robust farm system to attempt to add one more high-caliber starter–preferably one on a team-friendly, long-term deal.

Here are four potential ideas:

Chris Archer, Rays: If the Rays haven’t been accused of tanking quite yet, just wait until Archer is put on the block this winter. It would take a haul to land the 29-year-old, but the Phillies have a combination of young, cost-controlled players (Odubel Herrera, Cesar Hernandez) and top prospects to make a big offer.

Archer pitched to a 4.07 ERA and 3.40 FIP last season. Since the start of 2014, Archer owns a 3.66 ERA, 3.37 FIP and has struck out 10.1 batters per nine innings. The righty also owns one of baseball’s most team-friendly contracts. Including team options in 2020 and 2021, Archer is only owed around $34M over the next four seasons.

Danny Duffy, Royals: The Phillies reportedly asked about Duffy in December. The …read more

Source:: New Jersey Real -Time Sports


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