Personally, I am a little bummed that Jake won't be with the Cubbies anymore. Besides being a very solid starting pitcher, we female fans will also miss his "physique"....<sigh>
Now that I've said that, here's the real news...
The Philadelphia Phillies made a bold move (after all, they're among the lousiest teams in baseball).
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.
Both people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Sunday because the contract is pending a physical. The deal is reportedly worth $75 million for three years. NBC Sports Philadelphia first reported the agreement.
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. The Phillies, who have plenty of money to spend, waited until the price was right for them.
Arrieta was 68-31 with a 2.73 ERA in five seasons in Chicago after starting his career in Baltimore. He'll join Aaron Nola atop the Phillies' rotation on a team that finished last in the NL East.
The Phillies haven't had a winning season since 2011, but now have added veteran slugger Carlos Santana, Arrieta and quality relievers to a young nucleus that could show considerable improvement over last season's 66-96 mark.
Arrieta has started at least 30 games in three straight seasons, but he's only pitched more than 200 innings once — 229 in 2015.
Arrieta had a 4.67 ERA in first 16 starts last season, but finished strong, going 7-4 with a 2.26 ERA in his final 14 outings.
But if rumors are true, Arrieta would have made more money if he had accepted the Chicago Cubs' offer than he will with Philly.