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Cubs fans can stop dreaming: Jake Arrieta won't be walking out to the backfield at Cubs Park in Arizona this spring in another Dexter Fowler-esque surprise.
The 2015 NL Cy Young winner will not be returning to the Cubs, instead signing a multi-year deal with the Philadelphia Phillies, according to multiple reports.
It was all but guaranteed that Arrieta would move on from Chicago, choosing instead to cash in on his first trip to free agency and securing what is likely to be the only major contract in his career.
But with teams so fearful of handing out big-money contracts - especially to pitchers who will be 32 at the start of the 2018 season - the Cubs remained in on Arrieta throughout much of the winter, checking in with his agent (Scott Boras) as the price fell and his status remained unclear.
Arrieta finished in the Top 10 in Cy Young voting from 2014-16, posting a 3-year stretch that included a stellar 50-19 record, a 2.42 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 593 strikeouts in 583 innings.
He took a step back in 2017 as he dealt with a dip in velocity, but still managed to go 14-10 with a 3.53 ERA and remained one of the toughest pitchers in baseball to square up (150 hits in 168.1 innings).
Arrieta helped put this current Cubs team on the map as a bonafide contender, shutting down the Pittsburgh Pirates in a masterful performance in the 2015 NL Wild-Card Game. He also won two World Series games in Cleveland in 2016, playing a huge role in ending the 108-year championship drought.
The trade that brought Arrieta to Chicago from the Baltimore Orioles will go down as one of the best moves in Cubs franchise history, altering the course of the city's North Side forever.
Just three weeks away from opening and Jake Arrieta needs a home. Who’s the leader in the clubhouse to sign the former Cubs Cy Young Award winner?
Jon Graff, Chris Kamka and Kelly Crull are weighing the odds for Arrieta’s potential landing spot with the help of Bovada’s Head Oddsmaker Pat Morrow.
(Courtesy of Bovada.lv)
Who will Jake Arietta sign his next MLB contract with?
Milwaukee Brewers 7/4
Washington Nationals 5/2
San Diego Padres 11/4
Philadelphia Phillies 9/2
Minnesota Twins 8/1