Former Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta agrees to deal with Phillies

Oct 18 2017 Chicago IL USA Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta throws out Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Alex Wood during the fifth inning in game four of the 2017 NLCS playoff baseball series at Wrigley Field. Mandatory C

The rumored marriage between the Philadelphia Phillies and ace pitcher Jake Arrieta appears to be coming to fruition.

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 club already surrendered their second-highest pick, plus $500,000 in worldwide signing bonus money, when it signed Carlos Santana to a three-year, $60 million contract in December.

Signing Arrieta is a message that management is ready to move past the rebuilding process. He'll join Aaron Nola atop the Phillies' rotation on a team that finished last in the NL East.

Cobb posted a 3.52 ERA and 1.19 WHIP in 64 innings after last season's All-Star break, recovered from injury-riddled 2015 and 2016 seasons (Tommy John surgery). The Phillies have always been a rumored landing spot for Arrieta, along with the Nationals and Padres. He has averaged 30 starts the last four seasons. Nick Pivetta, Zach Eflin, Mark Leiter and Ben Lively are also in the mix for a spot.

Since Arrieta rejected the Cubs' qualifying offer past year, the Phillies will forfeit their third-highest Draft pick in 2018, plus $500,000 in global signing bonus money. Arrieta adds some stability to the rotation and will serve as a stabilizing force in an otherwise young clubhouse. Yoenis Céspedes hit his third home run for NY. Arrieta is joining the Phillies just 2 1/2 weeks before opening day. The Phillies, who have plenty of money to spend, waited until the price was right for them.

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