When Jered Weaver signed a five-year, $85 million extension with the Angels last year most analysis of the deal pegged it as extremely team-friendly and well below market value for an elite No. 1 starter.
Weaver repeatedly said at the time that he didn’t really care because $85 million is a ton of money and he wanted to stay with the Angels, so not surprisingly now Weaver is saying that he won’t care if the Angels end up giving Zack Greinke a bigger contract than he received.
“Whatever they have to do to make our team better,” Weaver told Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com, who just yesterday reported that the Angels are leaning toward declining their 2013 options on Dan Haren and Ervin Santana in order to focus their resources on re-signing Greinke to a massive contract.
Weaver is 29 years old with a 3.23 ERA in 1,312 innings since debuting in 2006. During that same time the 28-year-old Greinke has a 3.42 ERA in 1,157 innings, including a 3.40 ERA in 12 starts since being traded to the Angels.
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.