Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Free agent ace Arrieta, Phillies reach 3-yr deal

Free agent ace Arrieta, Phillies reach 3-yr deal

The deal is pending a physical, according to Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia. Darvish signed a six-year, $126 million deal, but before that deal was closed Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein reportedly put in a final call to Arrieta, who had been a mainstay of the team's rotation in recent seasons.

The Phillies appear primed to add a legitimate ace to the top of their rotation, inking former Cy Young victor Jake Arrieta to a three-year deal worth $75 million, according to sources.

Yu Darvish served as one of the first chips to fall, signing a hefty free-agent deal with the Chicago Cubs in mid-February.

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Then again, for the sake of the argument that Arrieta turned 32 earlier in March, let's hope if a deal is reached in the next couple of days, the Phillies will be leaning towards a short-term deal instead of a long one.

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He was 14-10 with a 3.53 ERA a year ago.

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New manager Gabe Kapler's motto throughout spring training has been: "Be Bold". The right-hander has the option to opt-out after the 2019 season, but the contract also allows the Phillies to void that potential opt-out clause in the form of a two-year extension for the 2021 and 2022 seasons. Now they've added a proven No. 1 starter to a slew of young arms in the rotation.

The 2018 regular season is just about three weeks away, and Arrieta would need to sign soon if he intends to be ready to pitch on opening week.

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