Jake Arrieta agrees to 1-year deal with Cubs

Sep 15, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Jake Arrieta (49) throws a pitch during the first inning against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Right-hander Jake Arrieta is on the verge of returning to the Chicago Cubs after agreeing Friday to a one-year deal worth between $6 million and $7 million, according to multiple media reports.

Arrieta, 34, played for the Cubs from 2013-17, during which he won the National League Cy Young Award in 2015 and led team to three playoff appearances, including the 2016 World Series title.

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He signed a three-year, $75 million deal with the Phillies before the 2018 season, but injuries hindered him throughout his time in Philadelphia. He went 22-23 with a 4.36 ERA, 280 strikeouts and 124 walks in 64 starts. Arrieta made his lone All-Star team in 2016, when he finished 18-8 with a 3.10 ERA in 31 starts.

During the shortened 2020 season, Arrieta went 4-4 with a 5.08 ERA in nine starts.

In Chicago, he went 68-31 with a 2.73 ERA, 793 strikeouts, 244 walks and two no-hitters in 128 starts.

Arrieta is expected to join a Cubs rotation that includes Kyle Hendricks, Alec Mills, Zach Davies and Trevor Williams.

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–Field Level Media