BREAKING: Reports: Phillies sign Jake Arrieta to three-year, $75MM deal

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UPDATE (7:42 p.m.): According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the deal has some interesting wrinkles:

The deal would pay Arrieta $30 million in 2018, $25 million in 2019, and $20 million in 2020. Arrieta can opt out after the second year of the contract. However, the Phillies can void that opt-out with an extension for 2021 and 2022. He would make, at minimum, $20 million per year. It can go up to $25 million per year based on games started, or $30 million per year based on Cy Young finishes.

So, at most, he would earn $135 million over four years. He could also only get two years and $55 million. Or he could just do the three years and $75 million, which is still the most likely scenario.


UPDATE (5:38 p.m.): Early commentary on this: If it is a three-year deal for $75 million, it’s a great move by Matt Klentak and the front office, who held out (and contributed to this offseason’s weird free-agency stalling) for their price. Arrieta’s contract won’t hamstring the Phillies’ ability to spend in the 2018-19 offseason or beyond.

Arrieta immediately upgrades the Phillies for now and the future. He gives the team their first true 1-2 punch on the mound since Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels in 2014. In a perfect world he improves the Phils by three to four wins, pushing them to around .500. With a wide margin of error thanks mostly to unproven talent, the Phillies could be a dark-horse wild card team in 2018.

If the Phils compete for the wild card, they will likely be looking to add at the trade deadline.


UPDATE (5:30 p.m.): Bob Nightengale now reports it’s a three-year deal for $75 million.


UPDATE (5:03 p.m.): Bob Nightengale reports it’s a three-year deal.


According to Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia, the Phillies have an agreement to a free-agent contract with pitcher Jake Arrieta. The deal is pending a physical.

We’ll have more as soon as it happens.



  1. czontixhldr

    March 11, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    Exactly the deal length that makes sense. Excellent job by Klentak. The AAV is nice for Jake, and unfortunately one of the young guys got bumped back down to LV.

  2. Craig Glessner

    March 11, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    Good for the Phillies good for Arrieta,and good for the league maybe this will set a precedent that teams set the value of a player not an agent. The Phillies got what they wanted (a 3 year deal) Arrieta got paid per year his value and as far as after 3 years he will have to earn his next contract. If he still has something in the tank he will get paid. Welcome to Philly Jake GO PHILLIES

  3. Vernon Dozier

    March 11, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    It’s hard to find fault with this. Three years was the right length contract…nothing longer.

  4. John Fek

    March 11, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    To much money .Comes out to almost 1,000,000.00 a week not paying that for a pitcher who’s going to be a 12 game winner

    • Vernon Dozier

      March 13, 2018 at 9:48 am

      Well, not many players are lining up to join a 66 win team – especially at a discount. Jordan Zimmermann is about the same age as Arrieta and is averaging close to $25 million a year for the next three seasons as well. But the reasons why Santana and Arrieta were signed goes beyond the boxscores. They’re both respected veterans with post season experience who are here to help lead the team to the next step of the rebuilding process. A three year commitment to them is not that outrageous.

  5. donald schell

    March 11, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    A little worried about 3 straight years of decline in velocity. But I still like the move by Klentak

  6. bernie

    March 11, 2018 at 11:16 pm

    It is the right length/$, but hoping Arrieta is the #3 starter. Would love to go all in on Kingery, trade Hernandez and an outfielder for a number 2 (would rather see Franco go, think he is a 4A player, but after last year, very limited trade value). I think with Arrieta’s experience, we can afford him as an innings eater on this young staff, and with a #2, could make a push.

  7. Carol Wagner Norman

    March 11, 2018 at 11:19 pm

    What about Leiter? Will he be signed also?

  8. Keg

    March 12, 2018 at 12:48 am

    If he can pitch; I don’t care about velocity.

  9. loupossehl

    March 12, 2018 at 12:51 am

    A koup by Klentak. I kan’t see the Phillies yet as a bona fide kontender, but a rotation of Nola, Arrieta, Eickhoff, Velasquez and The Fifth Guy instantly moves the club from fumbling and bumbling to respectable – and if things break right, more than that.

    Purely and simply, a turning point for the franchise.

  10. Jeff Orbach

    March 12, 2018 at 9:07 am

    A great signing-the bonus Scott Boras taken down a peg or two as well. I think Arrieta will really help in more ways than one. I think our young staff finally has a teammate that they can learn from as well as some one who can help the staff by eating innings.

  11. Ronald Colonna

    March 12, 2018 at 11:59 am

    2 Parades in Philly, It is a Philadelphia Year! Scott Kingery beats out Arieta as MVP of World Series.

  12. tom g

    March 12, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    This is a great Bridge…takes some pressure off the young Pitchers. The talent is there, with the youth, they need a successful pitcher to help learn from.
    The term is perfect, not impacting our long term offensive or pitching needs with a heavy long term contract. Short enough with a potential for longer if he performs above expectations.
    Price is low enough so as to not over pay in recent terms, though the prospect of it being too much money is real…but not for the sake of filling the void.
    Penciling him in at #1, takes some pressure off Nola and the staff. Would like to see them move V to closer at some point this year. Not to begin with, but before the stretch run. We have a host of younger arms ready to see who can claim 2-3 spots….let the cream rise!

  13. Ken Bland

    March 12, 2018 at 9:42 pm

    I don’t know why I see the term innings eater in a couple comments here. Those days are either gone, or in medium term abstentia. Not that we’ll see this trend to the extent of the past post season over 162, but all this talk about third time through the order, and the Phils seemingly in full fledged subscription mode to that, just like 15 wins is the equal of what used to be the celebrated 20 game winner (forgetting the valid contention that wins are at least somewhat deceiving), 6 innings could easily be the new standard of what used to be a complete game.

    Perhaps Boras used a tool from the Jerry West tool of salesmanship exercised in the Kevin Durant negotiations. You’ll get your shots easier was The Logo’s message, and thus be able to extend your career. Jake can expect fewer innings out of this new mode, and PERHAPS pitch longer.

    It’ll be interesting to see how many 7th innings he sees out of an assumed 30 starts.

    Obviously, his addition offers some potential positives. He may reverse his declining 3 year trend of fewer innings per in the first year, possibly even the second. But I don’t know how much innings eating situations we’ll see.

  14. loupossehl

    March 13, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    We have a deep pen. That could be part of the consideration: that is, if Arrieta eats innings – that’s great, just as hoped. If he comes up short but can go twice thru the lineup effectively – OK, then Plan B is to take that, and go to the pen.

    The same line of thinking could make Pivetta a No. 5 starter, with the hope that the early-innings Dr. Jeckyll can eventually lose the later-innings Mr. Hyde, forever.

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