Ar­ri­eta gets a deal he likes, set to join Phillies


(AP) — Jake Ar­ri­eta fi­nally found a deal he liked.

The free agent ace and the Philadel­phia Phillies have reached agree­ment on a three-year con­tract, two peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the de­ci­sion told The As­so­ci­ated Press.

Both peo­ple spoke to the AP on con­di­tion of anonymity Sun­day be­cause the deal, re­port­edly worth $75 mil­lion, is pend­ing a phys­i­cal. Ar­ri­eta is join­ing the Phillies just 2½ weeks be­fore open­ing day.

The 32-year-old Ar­ri­eta was among sev­eral top free agents who didn’t get a con­tract for six or seven sea­sons in a chang­ing mar­ket. The Phillies, who have plenty of money to spend, waited un­til the price was right for them.

Ar­ri­eta won the 2015 NL Cy Young Award with the Chicago Cubs and helped them win the World Se­ries the next sea­son. The righthander was 14-10 with a 3.53 ERA last year.

The Phillies went 66-96 and fin­ished last in the NL East, and haven’t had a win­ning sea­son since 2011. But they’ve added vet­eran slug­ger Car­los San­tana, Ar­ri­eta and qual­ity re­liev­ers to a young nu­cleus that could show con­sid­er­able im­prove­ment.


(Mon­day) Ori­oles (SS) 7 Red Sox 3

Colby Ras­mus and Chance Sisco drove in first-in­ning runs against Bos­ton starter Rick Por­cello, who pitched four in­nings, al­low­ing four runs and seven hits.

Mookie Betts home­red for the first time this spring and walked twice for the Red Sox and Han­ley Ramirez had two hits and an RBI. Car­di­nals 4, Na­tion­als 3

Luke Weaver pitched four per­fect in­nings and struck out four in his third start for St. Louis. Jose Mar­tinez had two hits for the Cardi- nals, driv­ing in a pair with a home run.

An­thony Ren­don dou­bled and scored for Wash­ing­ton, while Matt Reynolds home­red for the first time. Tan­ner Roark started for the Na­tion­als, pitch­ing four in­nings and al­low­ing three runs on five hits and two walks.

Astros 5, Mets 2 Ja­cob deGrom made his spring de­but for New York, pitch­ing 2 2/3 in­nings and al­low­ing two hits and a walk. DeGrom, who has been both­ered by back stiff­ness since the start of camp, had his fast­ball reach 98 mph and struck out the side in the first. Yoe­nis Ce­s­pedes hit his third home run for the Mets.

Hous­ton starter Lance McCullers Jr. went 3 2/3 in­nings and gave up one run on four hits and a walk while strik­ing out five. Mar­lins 7, Yan­kees 5 Aaron Judge home­red for the first time this spring and Didi Gre­go­rius hit his sec­ond for New York. Both home runs came against Mi­ami prospect Sandy Al­can­tara, who pitched the last four in­nings in re­lief.

Jor­dan Mont­gomery got the start for the Yan­kees, pitch­ing 2 1/3 in­nings and al­low­ing four runs on five hits and two walks. Brian An­der­son hit a three-run homer for the Mar­lins and Cameron May­bin added a two-run shot.

Twins 6, Rays 5 Three-time bat­ting cham­pion Joe Mauer dou­bled, drew a bases-loaded walk and scored while lead­ing off for Min­nesota.

Jake Faria, slot­ted as the No. 3 starter as Tampa Bay ex­per­i­ments with a four­man ro­ta­tion, strug­gled in his third out­ing. His ERA climbed to 16.62 af­ter re­tir­ing just five bat­ters and sur­ren­der­ing five runs — four earned — on seven hits and two walks.

Tigers 6, Braves 3 Miguel Cabr­era had two hits, in­clud­ing a three-run dou­ble, and Vic­tor Mar­tinez had his fourth homer for Detroit. Fran­cisco Liri­ano, in the mix for a back-of-thero­ta­tion spot, started for the Tigers and pitched three shutout in­nings, al­low­ing two hits and two walks while strik­ing out four.

En­der In­cia­rte dou­bled and sin­gled for At­lanta. Pi­rates 5, Blue Jays 0 Gre­gory Polanco and Adam Fra­zier home­red for Pitts­burgh. Toronto starter Joe Bi­agini gave up five runs on four hits and two walks.


In this Oct. 18, 2017 file photo, Chicago Cubs start­ing pitcher Jake Ar­ri­eta throws dur­ing the first in­ning of Game 4 of base­ball’s Na­tional League Cham­pi­onship Se­ries against the Los An­ge­les Dodgers in Chicago.

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