It’s in Texas. And at under $2 million, it’s a relative bargain as these things go. Some specifics:
Sited on a prime two-acre lot in the Saddlebrook community, Wetteland’s property offers seven bedrooms, six baths and nearly 7,000 square feet of living space. The home, built in 2001, boasts a wealth of luxuries befitting a baseball legend, including a palatial master bath with a dry sauna and a fireplace, a theater room with custom sound-proofing, and a wine bar.
That’s nice — and I really loved John Wetteland as a player — but I feel like we’re throwing around the word “legend” too much these days. Was Wetteland really a legend? Was Petula Clark? I ask that because “Downtown” came on my Pandora on Sunday and it was listed as a track on the album “The Legendary Petula Clark.”
Will people be sitting around tribal fires one day, sharing stories of the legendary Petula Clark and John Wetteland? I’m not saying that would be a bad thing. Just saying it’s unlikely.
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.