Jake Arrieta agrees to 3-year contract with Phillies

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

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

Philadelphia finished 66-96 and last in the National League East last season, but with the addition of Arrieta, the club's other offseason moves and the development of its young players, it's realistic to think the Phillies will contend for a NL wild-card berth. According to Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philly, the two sides have an agreement in principle that is pending a physical.

Here's a look at the winners and losers of the Phillies three-year deal with former Cubs ace Jake Arrieta.

Arrieta was with the Chicago Cubs from 2013-2017.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said on Sunday that he was hoping Arrieta would find a good destination this winter. Arrieta was thought to be seeking upwards of five or six years when the offseason began, but this market has been poor for pretty much every top free agent. The Phillies have been very protective of their draft picks during their rebuild.

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In 2016 he was 18-8 and helped lead the Cubs to their first World Series Championship since 1908.

Arrieta recently turned 32 and is fresh off a 14-10 season with a 3.53 ERA in Chicago. Not to mention, Philadelphia still needs to show their offense is capable of scoring more runs on a consistent basis, which was a major issue a majority of last season. Jerad Eickhoff (4-8, 4.71 ERA), Vince Velasquez (2-7, 5.13 ERA) and Zach Eflin (1-5, 6.16 ERA) are coming off injuries.

The glaring weakness of the Phillies heading into spring training was their starting rotation. Arrieta's deal nets him the cash he wanted but likely not the years, as he has been looking for a long term contract and settled for three years in Philly.

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