Phillies reportedly closing in on deal with Jake Arrieta


The rumored marriage between the Philadelphia Phillies and ace pitcher Jake Arrieta appears to be coming to fruition.

The Phillies were long rumored to show interest in Arrieta this offseason, more recently via a February 20 report by FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman that said the two sides were "having dialogue" and a March 11 report by USA Today's Bob Nightengale saying the Phillies were "looming as the favorite". The deal is reportedly worth $75 million.

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Jake Arrieta finally found a new home. ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported in December that Arrieta's agent, Scott Boras, was seeking a deal in the $200 million range for his client.

The 32-year-old brings some credibility to the top of the Phillies' rotation, though he lost some velocity on his fastball in his final season with the Cubs and posted a relatively underwhelming 3.53 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 163/55 K/BB ratio over 168 1/3 innings. Aaron Nola has already been named the Opening Day starter, so Arrieta will slot behind him and ahead of Jerad Eickhoff and Vince Velasquez. The proven veteran Lester helped a young rotation, eventually led by Arrieta, fight their way to the NLCS. Arrieta's former team in the Cubs "barely engaged" to re-sign the right-hander, and instead agreed to terms with four-time All-Star RHP Yu Darvish.