Jake Arrieta of Philadelphia Phillies: MLB Free Agency 'Looks Really Bad'


PHILADELPHIA (94WIP) -- Last offseason, as a free agent, Jake Arrieta did not sign his three-year, $75 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies until March 11. Well, it's already Feb. 28, and everyone seems fatigued by the Bryce Harper free-agency pursuit

Arrieta joined the 94WIP Morning Show on Thursday morning from spring training in Clearwater, Fla. (Angelo Cataldi was back at the studio in Philadelphia), and talked about the current state of MLB free agency. 

"It's kind of personal for me because I had to go through it last season," said Arrieta, who shares an agent with Harper in Scott Boras. "And just kind of sitting here on Feb. (28), is it? And realizing that I didn't sign for another two or three weeks is crazy. So I feel for these guys, and it's not only Bryce. He's the poster boy of the free-agency situation currently, but there's so many other guys that don't have teams and their families are trying to figure out where they're going to play, where they're going to live. What they're going to do with their kids, and their pets. When you take the money out of it, it's a human thing. We have the same emotions regardless of how much you make or what your job is, we're all humans. So I feel for these guys because I had to go through the same thing."

Arrieta joins a roster of prominent MLB voices who have expressed disappointment in the market trends seen this offseason: Boston Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez told WEEI.com it was "embarrassing," Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer described non-competitive, tanking teams as "poison," New York Mets veteran Todd Frazier said on WFAN it is a "shame."

"I really don't know what the key factor that's wrong in this scenario, really," Arrieta said. "I think it's just really unfortunate and it looks really bad for the game. I don't really put blame solely on the teams, or the agents and the players, I just think we need to try and find a way to alleviate this situation and kind of take this focus off of the game in this regard. It just doesn't look good for anyone."

Manny Machado signed a 10-year, $300 million deal with the San Diego Padres on Feb. 19. What took so long? The offers don't come in right away, Arrieta explained. 

"And a lot of people think these players are just out here with a lot of offers and they're not taking them, and they're greedy and they want more money," Arrieta said. "Frankly, I didn't have offers. I know that Machado didn't have offers. For me, the 10 (year) at 300 (million) was a deal that I personally thought Machado was going to get all along. Why did it take this long to happen? And the same thing with Bryce. He's probably going to get a deal very close to what Machado got. So why is it taking so long?

"I don't know the exact answer to how we fix this, but if we're really dedicated on finding a solution to the problem then we need to do that. And it's easier said than done, but like I said, I just don't like the way it casts this negative shadow on our game."(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0>; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, "script", "facebook-jssdk"));