Former Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta agrees to deal with Phillies

  • Former Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta agrees to deal with Phillies

Former Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta agrees to deal with Phillies

Arrieta, who became free agent after the 2017 season, reached a three-year deal with the Philadelphia Phillies worth $75 million on Sunday, according to reports from Fan Rag Sports' Jon Heyman and USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale.

Here's a look at the winners and losers of the Phillies three-year deal with former Cubs ace Jake Arrieta. He has been durable and effective since he was traded to the Cubs in 2013, though sometimes it takes time for his unique, cross-body delivery to lock in.

Arrieta, 32, is several seasons removed from his incredible 22-win, 1.77 ERA season with the Chicago Cubs.

Many teams in addition to the Phillies have been interested in Arrieta this offseason, more recently the San Diego Padres.

Those limited financial commitments give the Phillies' front office an opportunity to make a big splash in free agency to expedite their rebuilding process.

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. Jerad Eickhoff and Vince Velasquez are also expected to be in the starting five. 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.

Arrieta and Yu Darvish were the two big pitching prizes on this year's free-agent market. However, club officials distanced themselves from Arrieta and Darvish because of the length of deals the pitchers were seeking. Arrieta was so dominant that he finished in the Top 10 of the National League CY Young voting for three straight years (2004-2016).