The Philadelphia Phillies and free-agent right-hander Jake Arrieta have agreed to a three-year, $75 million contract.
The Phillies announced the deal on Monday.
Arrieta’s career 3.08 postseason ERA is also a good indicator of his big-game potential, as he has a wild-card win and Game 6 World Series victory on his résumé. He has been durable and effective since he was traded to the Chicago Cubs in 2013, though sometimes it takes time for his unique, cross-body delivery to lock in.
Arrieta has also produced two no-hitters and a career .222 batting average against him. Considering his delivery, some in baseball have wondered about his durability, but he has made at least 30 starts each of the past three seasons, helping the Cubs to the playoffs in each of them. His incredible training regimen is well-documented, keeping him in tip-top shape, especially for a pitcher.
The Texas Rangers also considered it, but Cole Hamels’ dissent reportedly put the kibosh on that plan. The Tampa Bay Rays are saying they intend using a four-man rotation, but with a bullpen game (as necessary) to keep the starters on typical five-day rest. It’s only one club, but this eliminates about six more chances to deploy a two-start option.
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In his 30-year-old season, Ovechkin hit the 50-goal mark for the third straight season, his fourth straight Rocket Richard Trophy and sixth overall. He’s minus-95 against the projection.