Just a few weeks again the leading team in the hunt for Jake Arrieta was seemingly the Washington Nationals. Just a few hours ago, however, the Ace has signed a three-year deal with the club, pending a physical.
Last season the Phillies went 66-96, while finishing 27th in runs scored and 17th in runs allowed.
The Phillies have been lacking in the pitching department and with the addition of the 2015 Cy Young Award winner, this should give them a little more depth.
Over the past two seasons, Arrieta has made 61 starts and pitched to a 3.30 ERA. The Right-Hander is also very reliable as he has not been on the disabled list since early 2014.
This deal, assuming the physical checks out, will keep Arrieta in Philadelphia through the 2020 season, at the minimum. This means that he will be part of the core as they look to rebuild over the next few years. Given the Phillies market size, competitive window, and relatively short list of players with long-term contracts in place, the club is expected to be big rollers next off-season as there is a lot of talent that may test the free agency waters.
While it may have taken until mid-march for the day to happen, expect Arrieta to be a huge part of the Philadelphia Phillies for the upcoming seasons.
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