Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
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Phillies, Arrieta agree on multi-year deal

Phillies, Arrieta agree on multi-year deal

The wait is over. When considering that Arrieta was one of the top free agents heading into the offseason, it's kind of fantastic to consider that he's yet to find a home at this point, but it looks like that could all change in the next few weeks. Earlier, USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported talks with Arrieta were "heating up", with the Phillies viewed as the favorites to sign the 2015 National League Cy Young victor.

Unfortunately for Arrieta, a slow free-agent market forced him to accept a lesser deal than he reportedly turned down from the Cubs.

The Philadelphia Phillies signed starting pitcher Jake Arrieta, formerly of the Chicago Cubs, to a three-year, $75 million contract, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

The deal is also more costly than simply the millions promised to the ace. 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.

Like Santana, Arrieta was given a qualifying offer at the beginning of the offseason, so the Phillies will have to surrender another draft pick (third round, No. 79 overall) as a result of his signing.

Arrieta recently turned 32 and is fresh off a 14-10 season with a 3.53 ERA in Chicago.

Moving forward, where does that now put the Phillies and what can fans expect from Arrieta in 2018?

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