Jake Arrieta gets a deal he likes with Phillies

Jake Arrieta gets a deal he likes with Phillies

Jake Arrieta gets a deal he likes with Phillies

On March 1, MLB.com's Jon Morosi reported the Phillies have "entertained the possibility" to sign two free agent starting pitchers this offseason.

Yu Darvish served as one of the first chips to fall, signing a hefty free-agent deal with the Chicago Cubs in mid-February. According to Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philly, the two sides have an agreement in principle that is pending a physical. 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.

Also, a veteran presence to anchor the young-guns would go along way, helping the Phillies moving forward. The right-hander was 14-10 with a 3.53 ERA previous year.

After months of wondering whether it would happen, Arrieta officially agreed to a three-year, $75 million deal with the Phillies to bring expectations for Gabe Kapler's team to a whole new level heading into the 2018 season. Yes and no. The name of Jake Arrieta alone will generate buzz and excitement in Philly, no doubt causing attendance to spike every-fifth-day. They signed first baseman Carlos Santana to a three-year, $60 million in December. The Phillies, who have plenty of money to spend, waited until the price was right for them.

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.

Adding Arrieta to the rotation along with Aaron Nola, who posted a 3.54 ERA with 184 strikeouts in 168 innings, gives the Phillies an excellent duo to build around.

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