The Philadelphia Phillies finally got their man, as numerous reports indicate that the team just agreed with the World Series Champion and Cy Young award winning pitcher Jake Arrieta. The right-handed pitcher was one of the last top players that remain unemployed during this off-season, as Alex Cobb is the last one of them.
Jake Arrieta gets $75 million over 3 years— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) 11 de marzo de 2018
According to Jon Heyman, Bob Nightengale, Jeff Passan, and numerous other reporters have stated that Arrieta and Philadelphia both agreed to a 3-year deal, worth $75 million. The Phillies were the least likely team to sign the pitcher, as teams like the Yankees, Orioles, and Rangers were also keen to make a deal with him.
The three-year deal Jake Arrieta has agreed to with the Philadelphia Phillies is a very revealing length. Reflects that Phillies believe they’re closer to winning than some might think. Otherwise, spending money on a guy like Arrieta in short-term would make far less sense.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) 11 de marzo de 2018
This signing comes at a crucial time for both parts, as the Phillies signed another good pitcher this offseason in Carlos Santana and Arrieta was struggling to reach a deal despite his superstar tag; over the past few days, marquee players like Mike Moustakas and Carlos Gonzalez (all three represented by Scott Boras) signed pretty bad deals.
During 2017 season, Arrieta had a record of 14-10 during 30 games started, with an ERA of 3.53 and notching 163 K's.