Given that he was a late bloomer and just now hit free agency heading into his age-32 season, free-agent starting pitcher Jake Arrieta is in the midst of his one chance to really break the bank in his career. He's our second-ranked starting pitcher on the market and has no shortage of teams at least kicking the tires here, including the Brewers, Rangers, Astros and Twins with his most recent team, the Cubs, hanging on the periphery. We can now add the Phillies and Nationals to the list of possible suitors, reports Jon Heyman. It makes sense. The Phillies have almost no money on the books moving forward but do have a void of good big-league talent. They'll be looking to spend a lot these next two years in hoping to resuscitate the franchise. As for the Nats, they have but one guaranteed year left in the window of contention with Bryce Harper on the team before he hits free agency and they need to go all out. In Arrieta's 4 1/2 seasons with the Cubs, he was 68-31 with a 2.73 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 793 strikeouts in 803 innings. He won a Cy Young, threw two no-hitters and pitched to a 3.08 ERA in nine postseason starts -- including a Wild Card Game shutout and winning a World Series ring. He's got the resume.
Boras has $200M price tag, 75-page binder for teams in on Jake Arrieta
CBS Sports | Dec 12