Jake Arrieta says MLB free-agency 'looks really bad'

Angelo Cataldi and the Morning Team
February 28, 2019 - 8:34 am

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

Related: Harper: Phillies leading, Giants and Dodgers

Arrieta joined the 94WIP Morning Show in Clearwater, Florida from Spring Training (Angelo Cataldi was back at the studio in Philadelphia) on Thursday mornning 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, like you mentioned," Arrieta said. "And just kind of sitting here on February 27th (28th), 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 posted 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."

"I really don't know what the key factor that's wrong in this scenario, really. 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 February 19th. So 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."

Arrieta also raved about Philadelphia as a city and his new teammate, J.T. Realmuto

You can listen to Arrieta's full interview on the 94WIP Morning Show below. Rhys Hoskins and Andrew McCutchen also joined the 94WIP Morning Show on Thursday. Jean Segura (8am) and Gabe Kapler (8:30am) will join the 94WIP Morning Show on Friday. You can listen to the podcasts here and subscribe on Apple Podcasts