Spectrum Field was sold out, filled with fans clad in green and smeared with sunblock for a game against the Atlanta Braves on a festive St. Paddy’s Day. Five days after signing a three-year, $75 million contract with the Phillies, Jake Arrieta climbed atop a mound and threw a 31-pitch (two-inning) simulated game. Scott Kingery, Jorge Alfaro, Logan Moore and Andrew Pullin were the hitters.
Posted: March 17, 2018, 4:17 pm
All of which is going to make it hilarious when the Braves cut him and send him to the minors to start the season, as they are widely expected to do. If they keep Acuna down for a couple of weeks in April, he won’t get enough service time in 2018 to make him a potential free agent until after the 2024 season as opposed to the 2023 season. Barring something extraordinary happening, I strongly suspect the Braves will do it with Acuna too.
Posted: March 16, 2018, 4:11 pm