Phillies ink free agent ace pitcher Jake Arrieta to 3-year deal

Report: Jake Arrieta Nearing Deal With Phillies

If their young starters can take step forward this season, the Phillies could make waves in the wild card standings.

Both people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Sunday because the contract is pending a physical. Sports Philadelphia first reported the agreement.

One of the marquee free agents in this year's class, Arrieta has had a surprisingly long offseason. The Phillies, who have plenty of money to spend, waited until the price was right for them. He was 14-10 with a 3.53 ERA previous year.

Arrieta posted a 2.37 ERA and 68-31 record during his five seasons with Chicago. Arrieta will be anchoring a young Phillies rotation that consists of promising talents such as Aaron Nola, Jerad Eickhoff, andVince Velasquez.

New manager Gabe Kapler's motto throughout spring training has been: "Be Bold".

Signing Arrieta is a message that management is ready to move past the rebuilding process. The Phillies added Pat Neshek, Tommy Hunter and Felix Rodriguez to their bullpen. The proven veteran Lester helped a young rotation, eventually led by Arrieta, fight their way to the NLCS. Considering his delivery, some in baseball have wondered about his durability, but he has made at least 30 starts in each of the past three seasons, helping the Cubs to the playoffs in each.

Arrieta's market had dried up in this weird offseason after going 14-10 with a 3.53 ERA a year ago with the Cubs.

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