Jake Arrieta pitched very well for the Cubs over the past three seasons and it’s definitely going to suck that he wont be playing for them this season. Jake is a fantastic competitor and comes ready to pitch every time he takes the mound. I wish him the best in Philadelphia and predict he’s going to get another World Series ring playing there.
The Phillies have a good base of a team and will be good within the next couple of seasons. The Cubs and the Astros both have had a similar style of team in the past two seasons and have been able to win the World Series by doing so. The style I’m referring to is having a talented, young core with veteran players that can contribute experience and good play. The Yankees, Twins, Cardinals, Padres, Red Sox, Braves (maybe, I don’t know their plan and I don’t think they do either) and Giants are now trying to follow this trend by getting good veteran players to add to their good, young core. The Phillies have been able to do this over the past couple years and now are left with a bunch of talented, young players that they can add some veteran players to.
Rhys Hoskins, Aaron Altherr, Cesar Hernandez, Aaron Nola, Odubel Herrera, JP Crawford, Cameron Rupp, Jerad Eickhoff and Maikel Franco are a good set of players to be able to build around for the Phillies. Adding Arrieta to this mix only makes them better. I do not expect them to be immediate playoff contenders, many of the players above lack experience, but are still very talented. It will probably take 2 or 3 years for all of these players to develop into prime Major League players and have the Phillies back into the playoffs. Obviously I’m assuming that all these prospects will pan out and play to their full potential, however this does not always happen and many prospects underperform and never pan out. (White Sox fans take note of what I just said, you’re delusional if you think every single prospect the Sox have is going to be an All-Star)
I’ve been talking about Aaron Nola for two years and thought the Cubs should have traded for him in 2016. Nola is another Kyle Hendricks type of pitcher, he won’t overwhelm you with speed, but he can hit his spots and be extremely effective when he is on. The Cubs could have kept Arrieta if they traded for Aaron Nola because I doubt the Phillies would have had this plan of rebuilding their team so quickly if Aaron Nola was not in the picture. Obviously this is all hypothetical, but if that trade did happen, the Cubs would probably have Nola and Arrieta instead of Yu Darvish and Tyler Chatwood. It’s going to be interesting to see how this season plays out for all of these pitchers and I’m going to pay close attention to Arrieta and Nola because in my mind they could both be playing for the Cubs this season.