According to multiple reports, the Phillies have agreed to a 3-year, $75 million deal with veteran Cy Young award winner Jake Arrieta. The deal is pending a physical.
This is news that Phillies fans have been hoping for the entire off-season. General Manager Matt Klentak has been under immense pressure from Phillies Nation in recent weeks. Some fans didn’t believe Klentak and Phillies President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail have been aggressive enough this offseason. The young GM rewarded fans today by signing a Cy Young award winning pitcher to lead the rotation with Aaron Nola.
Arrieta, 32, spent his first 4 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles organization before headed to the Cubs from 2010-2017. The veteran right hander was part of the 2016 World Champion Cubs squad and won the 2015 NL Cy Young award also as a member of the Cubs: that year he went 21-6 with an astonishing 1.77 ERA in 33 starts.
Arrieta also has 2 no-hitters under his belt.
Many believe with the addition of Arrieta, the Phillies could now be in position to at least compete for a wild card berth.
Playoff baseball may soon be back in South Philly.
Written By: Séamus Doyle
Twitter: @PHIToughSports, @saintseamus
Feature photo source: Bleacher Report