On Friday afternoon, Craig told us that Adam Jones was detained at the Canadian border. Well, according to what Jones wrote on his Twitter page on Friday night, it was all a case of mistaken identity.
Via Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun:
“Basically, what happened, was they had the wrong person,” said Jones,
who broke the news on his Twitter
page. “They thought I was somebody else. It all got situated but it
took its time to get situated. It’s frustrating for me. I shouldn’t have
put it out how I put it out. Now, we can all just get on with it. …
Everything’s taken care of on my end.”
And just who may he have been mistaken with? According to Zrebiec, Jones’ mother believes that it is Adam “Pacman” Jones, the newly-signed Cincinnati Bengal. Jones couldn’t confirm his mother’s suspicions, but obviously “Pacman” has quite the rap sheet. Still, the incident shouldn’t instill much confidence in athletes — or anyone, really — when passing through the border.
CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury reports that Phillies outfielder Nick Williams has been working out daily with free agent starter Jake Arrieta in Austin. The right-hander, who won the 2015 National League Cy Young Award, still remains teamless with spring training less than a month away. Williams has been trying to sell Arrieta on joining the Phillies.
Williams said of Arrieta, “He loves it here [Austin]. He has told me he likes working with young guys. I’m like, ‘All right, come on up.’ But I’m not writing the check. I don’t know what he wants. I don’t really dig into that because I’m not really in his position.”
On GM Matt Klentak’s hunt for pitching help, new manager Gabe Kapler said, “The pursuit is very real. I have a lot of trust that we’ll either go in [to spring training] with a new toy or we will pass on the opportunity because we’re better off giving this collection of pitchers a really healthy look because we thought that we could go acquire that piece a little bit later on this season or in the offseason next year.”
Arrieta, who turns 32 years old in March, went 14-10 with a 3.53 ERA and a 163/55 K/BB ratio in 168 1/3 innings last season with the Cubs. The Cubs, Cardinals, and Brewers have been linked to Arrieta this month.
Presently, the Phillies’ starting rotation figures to include Aaron Nola, Jerad Eickhoff, and Vince Velasquez along with some combination of Nick Pivetta, Ben Lively, Zach Eflin, Mark Leiter, and Jake Thompson. Arrieta would certainly amount to a big upgrade in the starting rotation and could make the Phillies a more attractive landing spot for Bryce Harper or Manny Machado, who become free agents after the 2018 campaign. The Phillies are expected to be in the mix for either or both players.