Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Philadelphia Phillies: Jake Arrieta Signing Bolsters Rotation with Veteran Presence

Philadelphia Phillies: Jake Arrieta Signing Bolsters Rotation with Veteran Presence

The Philadelphia Phillies and free-agent pitcher Jake Arrieta have agreed to a multiyear deal, according to multiple reports. USA Today Sports MLB columnist Bob Nightengale noted that the Phillies were favorites to sign Arrieta and that the agreement is a three-year, $75 million deal.

The patience shown by the Klentak in the team's offseason quest to improve their starting rotation is commendable.

It's been an abnormally slow Major League Baseball offseason in terms of the open market, but marquee free agents have begun to start finding homes.

The 2018 regular season is just about three weeks away, and Arrieta would need to sign soon if he intends to be ready to pitch on opening week.

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Arrieta, 32, was the National League Cy Young Award victor in 2015 while winning 22 games and posting a 1.77 ERA for the Chicago Cubs.

Unfortunately for Arrieta, a slow free-agent market forced him to accept a lesser deal than he reportedly turned down from the Cubs.

The end of Jake Arrieta's unemployment may finally be near. They will lose their third-round pick for signing Arrieta. Arrieta figures to serve as one of the Phillies' top starters this season along with Aaron Nola. A lot of how the team's season progresses will still come down to the development of Vince Velasquez and Nick Pivetta, but Arrieta's name being penciled into the rotation certainly gives the team more credibility. In 128 starts over 4 ½ seasons, Arrieta was 68-31 with a 2.73 ERA in Chicago. The Texas Rangers, who dealt Darvish to the Dodgers at the last trading deadline, once again were short starting pitching. The Phillies have plenty of money. Plus, with the way this market has been, good on the Phillies for taking advantage. The Phillies added Pat Neshek, Tommy Hunter and Felix Rodriguez to their bullpen.

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