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Williams works out with free agent Arrieta

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PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies outfielder Nick Williams posted a photo on Instagram last week of himself and Jake Arrieta following a workout at a Dallas gym.

In years past, a photo like that would get Phillies fans seriously buzzing. The Phillies are looking for starting pitching, and Arrieta remains one of the most coveted pitchers on the free-agent market. But despite the fact that the Phillies and Arrieta's agent, Scott Boras, met during the Winter Meetings in December, sources said they are not interested in a megadeal for a starting pitcher at this time.

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies outfielder Nick Williams posted a photo on Instagram last week of himself and Jake Arrieta following a workout at a Dallas gym.

In years past, a photo like that would get Phillies fans seriously buzzing. The Phillies are looking for starting pitching, and Arrieta remains one of the most coveted pitchers on the free-agent market. But despite the fact that the Phillies and Arrieta's agent, Scott Boras, met during the Winter Meetings in December, sources said they are not interested in a megadeal for a starting pitcher at this time.

Still, there always is the chance the asking price drops as Spring Training approaches.

"I don't even need to recruit him," Williams said about Arrieta on Tuesday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. "He loves this place. He said, 'I like working with young guys,' and stuff like that. ... But I don't have the money to give him. I don't have one-twentieth of what to give him."

Phillies manager Gabe Kapler could not say if the Phillies will acquire a starting pitcher before Spring Training, although general manager Matt Klentak has said a few times in the past month it remains a priority.

But does Kapler have a hunch?

"The hunch is that the pursuit is very real," he said.

Kapler added that if they don't find a pitcher before Opening Day, the Phillies could "go acquire that piece a little bit later on this season or in the offseason next year."

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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