It appears Lance Lynn inking a one-year, $12 million deal with the Minnesota Twins on Saturday was the domino needed to fall to help resolve the long-standing speculation this offseason on where - and when - 2015 National League Cy Young Award victor Jake Arrieta will sign.
Combine that rotation with a newly acquired 1B Carlos Santana and a full season from rookie-sensation Rhys Hoskins, it's not hard to envision the Phillies being in play for a postseason spot in 2018. General manager Matt Klentak was reportedly firm on his desire to sign a starting pitcher to a short-term deal to keep the franchise's money free-flowing for next offseason and to not block any prospects coming through the farm.
"I want what's best for Jake and his family, period", Maddon said when asked if he hopes Arrieta doesn't wind up with a division rival such as the Brewers or Cardinals. Sports Philadelphia first reported the agreement.
The Philadelphia Phillies have emerged as perhaps the strongest suitors for Arrieta as Opening Day looms less than three weeks away, according to a person with direct knowledge of the negotiations. "Wow I want nothing but good things to happen to Jake".
Arrieta has taken a step back after his Cy Young season in 2015 when he won a league-high 22 games with an 1.77 ERA. Arrieta will be anchoring a young Phillies rotation that consists of promising talents such as Aaron Nola, Jerad Eickhoff, andVince Velasquez.