Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Jake Arrieta, Philadelphia Phillies reach three-year deal

Jake Arrieta, Philadelphia Phillies reach three-year deal

There still are a number of big-name free agents out there, but it appears one of them will be off the market within the next week, as Jake Arrieta is expected to sign the dotted line in short time, per USA Today Sports' Bob Nightengale. It is clear that the Phillies are planning to make a legitimate run at the National League East division crown.

Both people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Sunday because the contract is pending a physical.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported the Philadelphia Phillies are "moving close to a deal" with Arrieta.

Arrieta is one of the last big names still available after a controversially slow offseason regarding the signing of marquee free agents. The Phillies, who have plenty of money to spend, waited until the price was right for them. In his impressive Cy Young Award-winning year in 2015, he was 22-6 with a sparkling 1.77 ERA.

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Arrieta had a wonderful four year run with the Cubs and fans everywhere will always cherish the memories of him helping the team win the 2016 World Series with a clutch 2-0 record.

Arrieta will front a rotation that includes promising young arms in Aaron Nola and Vince Velasquez. The proven veteran Lester helped a young rotation, eventually led by Arrieta, fight their way to the NLCS.

Arrieta has started at least 30 games in three straight seasons, but he's only pitched more than 200 innings once - 229 in 2015.

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