Free agent ace Jake Arrieta, Phillies reach 3-yr deal

Jake Arrieta is reportedly heading to Philadelphia. | Nam Y. Huh  AP
Jake Arrieta is reportedly heading to Philadelphia. | Nam Y. Huh AP
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12 March, 2018

It appears Lance Lynn inking a one-year, $12 million deal with the Minnesota Twins on Saturday was the domino needed to fall to help resolve the long-standing speculation this offseason on where - and when - 2015 National League Cy Young Award victor Jake Arrieta will sign. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports and Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia report late Sunday afternoon the Phillies have a multi-year agreement with right-handed pitcher Jake Arrieta.

The 32-year-old righty was among several top free agents who didn't get a deal for six or seven years in a changing offseason market.

Yu Darvish served as one of the first chips to fall, signing a hefty free-agent deal with the Chicago Cubs in mid-February. They also landed Carlos Santana for $60 million. The good news for the Cubs is that he's not in the same division after teams such as the Brewers and Cardinals were linked to the free agent. "Wherever that deal occurs, Jake did so much wonderful work for the Cubs".

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The move comes with less than three weeks to go until Opening Day. That seems unlikely from the Phillies, seeing as they need rotation help and could use Arrieta's veteran presence, but the market has been unusual this winter.

Arrieta has taken a step back after his Cy Young season in 2015 when he won a league-high 22 games with an 1.77 ERA.

Arrieta made 61 starts and pitched to a 3.30 ERA (129 ERA+) while striking out roughly a batter per inning, according to CBS Sports.


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