Just two-and-a-half months remain until the offseason. While by no means should we skip over what will likely be a busy couple of months, it is still worth looking at some of the biggest contract decisions that could go down over the winter.
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher, Jake Arrieta, has some interesting wording in his contract that will need to be decided on this offseason. The 33-year-old and former fifth-round pick can opt-out of his contract at the end of this season, voiding the final three years of his current deal which are worth $20 million each. However, if Arrieta does opt out, the Phillies can void the opt-out by committing to exercising future player options in 2021 and 2022, meaning he remains in Philadelphia and would be due to earn $60 million over the next three seasons.
Arrieta, a Boras client, has made 23 starts this season, going 8-8 and allowing 71 runs on twice as many hits (including 20 home runs) this season. He has posted a 4.41 ERA while striking out 105 batters and walking 50 through 132.2 innings this season.
Arrieta needs to decide if he wants to stay in Philadelphia and be paid $20 million for each of the next three seasons. If he decides he is worth more than that, the Phillies get a chance to either agree with him and lock him down for three years, or let him walk.
My guess is that he will not opt out in 2020, simply keeping his $20 million value for another year. But we want to hear your thoughts, too! Vote in this poll what you think will happen, and justify your pick in the comments.
Will Jake Arrieta exercise his 2020 opt-out?
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Yes, he will opt out
No, he will not opt out
Yes, he will opt out; but the Phillies will bring him back by exercising future options