Jake Arrieta signs multi-year deal with Phillies


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Dennis Wierzbicki - USA Today Sports
Dennis Wierzbicki - USA Today Sports

It finally happened.

Former Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta has a new MLB home as he signed a three-year contract worth $75 million with the Philadelphia Phillies pending a physical.

The contract was not the $200 million that super agent Scott Boras wanted for his client but $25 million AAV is nothing to sneeze at for Arrieta and his family.

In 2017, Arrieta was 14-10 with 3.53 ERA with 163 strikeouts and 1.22 WHIP. During his successful career transformation with the Cubs, he was 68-31 with a 2.73 ERA in 128 career starts. In his impressive Cy Young Award-winning year in 2015, he was 22-6 with a sparkling 1.77 ERA. Arrieta was so dominant that he finished in the Top 10 of the National League CY Young voting for three straight years (2004-2016).

One of the wildest stats on Arrieta is that he hit homers at a greater rate (1.89%) than he allowed (1.81%) the last four seasons.

Arrieta had a wonderful four year run with the Cubs and fans everywhere will always cherish the memories of him helping the team win the 2016 World Series with a clutch 2-0 record.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said it best about Arrieta during an interview recently.

"Jake did so much wonderful work for the Cubs," Maddon said. "Primarily, he came here to be a Cub and he did that and he ascended to a Cy Young and three years of playoffs. I want nothing but good things to happen to Jake. I want what's best for them."

The Cubs will face the Phillies at Wrigley Field on June 5-7 and the Cubs will travel to Philly on Aug. 31-Sept. 2.




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