For the better part of the offseason, the market for free agent starting pitchers had been non-existent. He has been rumored to have been in discussions with the Phillies since February, after the Cubs chose to sign Yu Darvish instead of Arrieta. It naturally did not happen.
2015 National League Cy Young Award victor Jake Arrieta is nearing a deal with the Philadelphia Phillies, according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag Sports. As Nightengale also points out, this move is just another way the Phillies improved their roster during the offseason and spring training to quietly become competitive for the 2018 season.
The signing actually does make the Phillies borderline wild card contenders, as their offense boasts young and potent bats. They also landed Carlos Santana for $60 million.
He turned 32 years old last week.
Jake Arrieta finally found a new home.
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.
Arrieta will lead a Phillies staff that includes Aaron Nola, who has already been named Phillies' opening day starter.
Still, when looking at how much money the Phillies were willing to spend this offseason to help give them a better chance of competing in 2018, it's incredible to see this team finally making the necessary moves to get back in the playoff conversation since it seems like they've been going through rebuilding mode forever.