12 March, 2018
It appears Lance Lynn inking a one-year, $12 million deal with the Minnesota Twins on Saturday was the domino needed to fall to help resolve the long-standing speculation this offseason on where - and when - 2015 National League Cy Young Award victor Jake Arrieta will sign.
Two people familiar with the decision tell the Associated Press that free-agent ace Jake Arrieta and the Phillies have agreed to a three-year deal.
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. When news broke of the Chicago Cubs' agreement with Yu Darvish, it was believed to be the beginning of a domino effect. They also landed Carlos Santana for $60 million.
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Cubs manager Joe Maddon said on Sunday that he was hoping Arrieta would find a good destination this winter. 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. And as a person and as a family member, he benefitted my family; that's the way I look at it.
The Philadelphia Phillies have emerged as perhaps the strongest suitors for Arrieta as Opening Day looms less than three weeks away, according to a person with direct knowledge of the negotiations. If their young starters can take step forward this season, the Phillies could make waves in the wild card standings. He went 14-10 with a 3.53 ERA in 168.1 innings pitched.