Former TCU pitcher Jake Arrieta to sign with Philadelphia Phillies

Jonathan Hernandez
March 12, 2018

There still are a number of big-name free agents out there, but it appears one of them will be off the market within the next week, as Jake Arrieta is expected to sign the dotted line in short time, per USA Today Sports' Bob Nightengale.

The Phillies have agreed to a deal with Jake Arrieta pending a physical, The Post confirmed Sunday, as the star starting pitcher finally found a home. In total, the deal has the potential to reach five years and be worth $125 million to $135 million.

The Philadelphia Phillies are not messing around, if these reports are accurate, going after a big-name arm to help their array of young talent.

Arrieta, who just turned 32, had a 3.53 ERA last season in 168 1/3 innings over 30 starts with the Cubs. The right-hander was 14-10 with a 3.53 ERA a year ago.

Philadelphia signed free-agent first baseman Carlos Gomez to boost their lineup.

The Phillies surely have sufficient funds to add another starter to complement the likely mix of Arrieta, Aaron Nola, Jerad Eickhoff and Vince Velasquez.

Jacob deGrom made his long-awaited spring debut in the Mets'5-2 loss to the Astros. DeGrom, who has been bothered by back stiffness since the start of camp, reached 98 miles per hour with his fastball and struck out the side in the first. So, in the final tally, they spent $169 million this winter on Arrieta, Santana and relievers Pat Neshek and Tommy Hunter, all free agents. Arrieta was so dominant that he finished in the Top 10 of the National League CY Young voting for three straight years (2004-2016). It's unclear how long the right-hander might be sidelined.

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