Major League Baseball free agency rumors: Jake Arrieta signs 3-year deal with Phillies

Sheri Evans
March 12, 2018

On March 1,'s Jon Morosi reported the Phillies have "entertained the possibility" to sign two free agent starting pitchers this offseason. The Cubs reportedly reached out to Arrieta before signing Darvish to offer a deal in case Darvish rejected the Cubs' offer. It naturally did not happen. Sports Philadelphia first reported the agreement. Many people will believe this to be quite a massive contract at $25 million per season; however, with the pitching market seemingly dried up, it's a contract that makes sense. Last season, he recorded a 3.53 ERA and 163 strikeouts in 168.1 innings. All told, the final deal could wind up being for five years and between $125 and $135 million.

The Philadelphia Phillies made their boldest move yet.

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The Phillies were always interested in Arrieta, but the organization was firm in its desire to avoid a long-term contract. But they've added first baseman Carlos Santana, Arrieta and quality relievers to a young nucleus that could show considerable improvement in 2018. It helped garner him a Cy Young award and a reputation as a big-game pitcher who gets better as the season progresses. He's now 32-years old so the deal will end when he is 35. The Phillies have long made it clear that length of deal is more of a concern with them than money. He'll join Aaron Nola atop the Phillies' rotation. He'll now become a veteran ace of a young rotation.

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

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