Jon Heyman of FanRag reports that the Philadelphia Phillies are close to a deal with former Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta. Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports further reports that the deal is done, pending a physical.
The 2015 Cy Young Award winner would certainly be a big addition. However, he has seen a decline since that year, but still posted a solid 14-10 record with a 3.53 ERA in 168 2/3 innings pitched last season.
It would have been hard to imagine him replicating that 2015 season though as he finished with a 22-6 record that year with a 1.77 ERA.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported earlier today that the Phillies were emerging as the favorites and that his market was heating up.