Jake Arrieta writes of 'dreams turned reality' in farewell letter to Cubs

Phillies officially announce Arrieta signing

Phillies officially announce Arrieta signing

Arrieta turned things around in 2014, won the Cy Young a season later, was named to his first All-Star Game in 2016 and helped the Cubs win their first World Series in 108 years.

And Arrieta's success in Chicago led him to the three-year, $75 million deal he just signed with the Phillies.

Cubs fans can stop dreaming: Jake Arrieta won't be walking out to the backfield at Cubs Park in Arizona this spring in another Dexter Fowler-esque surprise.

But with teams so fearful of handing out big-money contracts - especially to pitchers who will be 32 at the start of the 2018 season - the Cubs remained in on Arrieta throughout much of the winter, checking in with his agent (Scott Boras) as the price fell and his status remained unclear. "This was the beginning of a four and a half year stretch that would forever change our lives". The deal was reported as early as Sunday afternoon. We raised our children in Wrigleyville, one of the most iconic places in all of sports.

"Going to work every day was an honor for many reasons", he wrote, "from the storied history of the organization, to the high character individuals I was surrounded by year after year".

I send gracious thanks to the Ricketts family and front office for their commitment to winning at any cost.

"I was lucky to have dedicated teammates that willingly shed blood, sweat, and tears to achieve our goals". He'll now become a veteran ace of a young rotation and looks forward to "competing [against the Cubs] on opposite sides moving forward". You will all be missed dearly.

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