Arrieta to sign with Phillies

Posted March 12, 2018

And he's one of the best in the business.

Should Phillies' fans be excited about Jake Arrieta, if these Major League Baseball free agency reports come to fruition?

He didn't take long to confirm his new deal, tweeting "Where's the best cheesesteak in Philly?"

Philadelphia didn't overpay either as the deal is reported to be $25 million a year on average over three years.

Those limited financial commitments give the Phillies' front office an opportunity to make a big splash in free agency to expedite their rebuilding process. The club already surrendered their second-highest pick, plus $500,000 in global signing bonus money, when it signed Carlos Santana to a three-year, $60 million contract in December.

Even after signing Arrieta, the club may not be done in their efforts to improve the rotation. The Phillies have been very protective of their draft picks during their rebuild.

Former TCU pitcher and 2015 National League Cy Young Award victor Jake Arrieta has found a new home.

The 32-year-old right-hander made 30 starts with the Cubs last season finishing with a 3.53 ERA. Hellickson, meanwhile, started in 52 games for the Phillies from 2016-2017 before being dealt to the Baltimore Orioles last July for Hyun Soo Kim and minor league southpaw Garrett Cleavinger. Jerad Eickhoff and Vice Velasquez are coming off injuries. Nick Pivetta, Ben Lively, Zach Eflin, and Mark Leiter are all battling for a rotation spot as well.

Heading into the offseason, the Phillies were very clear in their desire to add starting pitching.

The Phillies were always interested in Arrieta, but the organization was firm in its desire to avoid a long-term contract.

Neither of those deals are cheap.

Still, when looking at how much money the Phillies were willing to spend this offseason to help give them a better chance of competing in 2018, it's wonderful to see this team finally making the necessary moves to get back in the playoff conversation since it seems like they've been going through rebuilding mode forever.

As Ashley mentioned earlier, Arrieta was expected to sign with a team this week as free agent dominoes finally begin to fall.

Opening day is 18 days away.