Jake Arrieta agrees to multiyear deal with Phillies

Jake Arrieta is reportedly heading to Philadelphia. | Nam Y. Huh  AP

Bob Nightengale of USA Today says the deal is for three seasons worth $75 million.

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?

The 32-year-old righty was among several top free agents who didn't get a deal for six or seven years in a changing offseason market.

Combine that rotation with a newly acquired 1B Carlos Santana and a full season from rookie-sensation Rhys Hoskins, it's not hard to envision the Phillies being in play for a postseason spot in 2018.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said on Sunday that he was hoping Arrieta would find a good destination this winter.

For the better part of the offseason, the market for free agent starting pitchers had been non-existent. And as a person and as a family member, he benefitted my family; that's the way I look at it. Sports Philadelphia first reported the agreement. It's not yet clear if the club has come around to the idea of a four- or five-year contract or if Arrieta has lowered his asking price in hopes of securing a deal before Opening Day. 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.

Arrieta made 61 starts and pitched to a 3.30 ERA (129 ERA+) while striking out roughly a batter per inning, according to CBS Sports.

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