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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.