Cubs Reaction: Former ace Jake Arrieta on his way to Philadelphia
Mar 12 2018
The Phillies finished last season with a 66-96 record at the bottom of the National League East.
With only two more weeks of spring training baseball left, it's hard to believe quality starters like Jake Arrieta are still free agents, but could Philadelphia be the former Cy Young winner's new home? Arrieta becomes Philadelphia's fourth big offseason acquisition along with Pat Neshek, Tommy Hunter, andCarlos Santana.
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. The veteran right-hander celebrated his 32nd birthday last week.
Arrieta, 32, had a strong second half of 2017 leading into free agency, as he compiled a 2.28 ERA following the All-Star break.
Arrieta's market had dried up in this freaky offseason after going 14-10 with a 3.53 ERA previous year with the Cubs.
Moving forward, where does that now put the Phillies and what can fans expect from Arrieta in 2018?
His postseason experience will be invaluable to a young, up-and-coming team looking to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2011. He will combine with Aaron Nola to lead the Phillies' starting rotation. The Phillies are the favorites. Should Arrieta return to his 2015 or 2016 form then the he will undoubtedly become the biggest steal of the offseason.