Bob Nightengale of USA Today says that free agent right-hander Jake Arrieta is expected to sign with a team "in the next couple of days". They also landed Carlos Santana for $60 million. With the plethora of free agents signing short-term contracts for well under perceived market value, it seems fairly likely that both pitchers will be forced to adjust their initial expectations, either by signing long-term deals for less money or taking shorter deals with a higher average annual value.
"I want what's best for Jake and his family, period", Maddon said when asked if he hopes Arrieta doesn't wind up with a division rival such as the Brewers or Cardinals. News of the deal was first reported NBC Sports Philadelphia.
The move comes with less than three weeks to go until Opening Day. But he's still a big fish capable of good things.
He won the 2015 National League Cy Young Award with a 1.77 ERA and 236 strikeouts in 229 innings, then helped lead the Cubs to the 2016 World Series title over the Indians.
Arrieta's market had dried up in this freaky offseason after going 14-10 with a 3.53 ERA a year ago with the Cubs. Arrieta appeared to lose a step with the Cubs in 2017 but he should still be able to provide an upgrade at the front of the Phillies rotation.