Jake Arrieta, Phillies Agree to Contract After 5 Years with Cubs

Jake Arrieta finally finds a home — that Mets won’t like

The length of the deal was confirmed by Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia.

Arrieta will become an anchor for a young unproven Phillies pitching staff, headlined now by Aaron Nola and supported by unknowns like Zach Eflin, Ben Lively, Mark Leiter Jr., Vince Velasquez and others. In the last four years, the former Cubs' ace struck out at least 163 batters each season.

Arrieta, 32, was the National League Cy Young Award victor in 2015 while winning 22 games and posting a 1.77 ERA for the Chicago Cubs.

Philadelphia didn't overpay either as the deal is reported to be $25 million a year on average over three years.

The Cubs are set to play the Phillies at Wrigley Field on June 5-7, so that may be fans' first chance to see Arrieta in his new uniform. Hellickson, meanwhile, started in 52 games for the Phillies from 2016-2017 before being dealt to the Baltimore Orioles last July for Hyun Soo Kim and minor league southpaw Garrett Cleavinger.

He turned 32 years old last week. But, the price he's asking could cripple any long-term plans for the Phillies, with the team not expected to be in contention for several more seasons.

This move is a win-win for both sides as the team's competitiveness just rose significantly and Arrieta finds a home with a bunch of young but talented pieces on the team. Yes and no. The name of Jake Arrieta alone will generate buzz and excitement in Philly, no doubt causing attendance to spike every-fifth-day.

But until Sunday, the Phillies had not added a veteran starting pitcher to a rotation that cried out for one.

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