March 11, 2018
According to multiple reports, the Phillies have landed one of the top free agent pitchers of the offseason – and certainly the best remaining starter on the market – 32-year-old righty Jake Arrieta.
Phillies have agreement in principle with Jake Arrieta. Deal pending physical. It will be multi year deal.— Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyNBCS) March 11, 2018
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports previously reported that the two sides were close to striking a deal.
The money had never really been the issue for the Phillies in their pursuit of Arrieta – it was always more about the years they'd be committing to a pitcher who's already on the wrong side of 30. Earlier this offseason, it was reported that Arrieta was looking for a six- or seven-year deal, but the Phillies were only looking to commit a max of three years.
And while it's going to cost the team $25 million per year on average, it appears Phillies general manager Matt Klentak was able to get his wish in terms of the deal's length.
Jake Arrieta gets $75 million over 3 years— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) March 11, 2018
In Arrieta, the Phillies add a veteran presence to the top of their otherwise very young rotation. Furthermore, he brings postseason experience – he won the 2016 World Series with the Cubs – and a Cy Young pedigree – he won the NL Cy Young in 2015.
Last season, Arrieta went 14-10 with a 3.53 ERA and 163 strikeouts in 168 1/3 innings, including a 1.69 ERA in 11 starts in July and August.
Here's a look back at his career numbers:
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