Former Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta agrees to deal with Phillies

Esther Moore
March 12, 2018

Former National League Cy Young victor Jake Arrieta has reportedly agreed to a multiyear contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Both people spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday because the deal is pending a physical. Darvish signed a six-year, $126 million deal, but before that deal was closed Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein reportedly put in a final call to Arrieta, who had been a mainstay of the team's rotation in recent seasons.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Phillies are close to an agreement with free agent Jake Arrieta. Although he threw for a 3.53 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in 2017, Arrieta averaged a 2.67 ERA and 1.03 WHIP over his last four seasons with the Cubs. The Phillies have long made it clear that length of deal is more of a concern with them than money.

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The Phillies went 66-96 and finished last in the NL East, and haven't had a winning season since 2011. It gives them long-term stability but also doesn't lock them into a bad deal as Arrieta heads into his late thirties. DeGrom, who has been bothered by back stiffness since the start of camp, reached 98 miles per hour with his fastball and struck out the side in the first.

As Ashley mentioned earlier, Arrieta was expected to sign with a team this week as free agent dominoes finally begin to fall.

Arrieta has started at least 30 games in three straight seasons, but he's only pitched more than 200 innings once - 229 in 2015. Jose Martinez had two hits, including a two-run homer, for St. Louis. The Phillies weren't about to play in that realm, but they made it clear to Arrieta's representatives that they'd be open to something in the three-year range.

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