Phillies Sign Jake Arrieta

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The Philadelphia Phillies have an agreement in principle with free agent starter Jake Arrieta on a multi-year deal, according to a report by Jim Salisbury of NBC Philly.

Yu Darvish served as one of the first chips to fall, signing a hefty free-agent deal with the Chicago Cubs in mid-February. USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported the news. However Arrieta has posted an ERA in the 3's the past two seasons and is still a very good player. He led the league with 16 wild pitches, and his walk rate almost doubled from 1.9 per nine innings in 2015 to 3.5, per Baseball-Reference.com.

But until Sunday, the Phillies had not added a veteran starting pitcher to a rotation that cried out for one.

He turned 32 years old last week.

Despite those early struggles, Arrieta wasn't concerned about receiving what he believed would be a fair-market value for his talent in the offseason. "It's going to happen".

In 2017, Arrieta was 14-10 with 3.53 ERA with 163 strikeouts and 1.22 WHIP. Everyone wants to have a career year, but if I stick to what I'm doing, I like my chances.

Perhaps the biggest-name free agent out there is no longer available.

The signing actually does make the Phillies borderline wild card contenders, as their offense boasts young and potent bats. He has been durable and effective since he was traded to the Cubs in 2013, though sometimes it takes time for his unique, cross-body delivery to lock in.

Arrieta pitched fairly well even in a down season past year, posting a 14-10 record with a 3.53 ERA and 1.218 WHIP.

It's been an abnormally slow Major League Baseball offseason in terms of the open market, but marquee free agents have begun to start finding homes.

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