Arrieta was with the Chicago Cubs from 2013-2017. It naturally did not happen.
Former National League Cy Young victor Jake Arrieta has reportedly agreed to a multiyear contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. Many people will believe this to be quite a massive contract at $25 million per season; however, with the pitching market seemingly dried up, it's a contract that makes sense.
The Philadelphia Phillies made their boldest move yet. But they've added first baseman Carlos Santana, Arrieta and quality relievers to a young nucleus that could show considerable improvement in 2018. The then-31-year-old posted a 2.28 ERA with 61 strikeouts in 67 innings pitched after the All-Star break. During the 2015 season when the Cubs won the World Series and Arrieta earned the NL Cy Young Award, the dominant pitcher fanned 236 batters. Likewise, the Phillies needed a veteran presence on their starting rotation and they found it at a team-friendly cost as well.
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Cubs manager Joe Maddon said on Sunday that he was hoping Arrieta would find a good destination this winter.
The Phillies now have a dynamic and dangers duo on the mound with Arrieta and Nola. But, the price he's asking could cripple any long-term plans for the Phillies, with the team not expected to be in contention for several more seasons.
One of the wildest stats on Arrieta is that he hit homers at a greater rate (1.89%) than he allowed (1.81%) the last four seasons.