- Jake Arrieta has agreed to a three-year deal with the Phillies. The contract is reportedly worth $75 million. The 32-year-old former Cy Young winner posted a 14-10 record with a 3.53 ERA last season for the Cubs. During his Cy Young season, Arrieta had an outstanding 1.77 ERA in 33 starts. Arrieta joins Aaron Nola atop the Phillies rotation heading into 2018.
- Lance Lynn is headed to Minnesota after all. As mentioned on Friday, Lynn had reportedly turned down a two-year offer from the Twins. On Saturday, Lynn agreed to a one-year deal with that same team. Lynn had a 3.43 ERA last season but his FIP was 4.82. He saw a decrease in strike out rate and an increase in walk rate as well. Keep in mind, Lynn missed all of 2016 due to Tommy John surgery. You can read more about the signing here.
- Jonathan Lucroy will join the Athletics for the upcoming season. The 31-year-old catcher reached a deal with Oakland for one year. Lucroy had a dreadful season in 2017. Over 123 games Lucroy hit .265 with a .371 slugging percentage and just six home runs. He will look to replenish his value in 2018 but could end up in a platoon if he has similar production.
A few more quick hitters:
- Carlos Martinez was named the Opening Day starter for the Cardinals
- Cam Bedrosian is the current favorite to close for the Angels.
- Jorge Bonifacio will face an 80-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance.
- Matt Bush will pitch out of the Rangers bullpen in 2018.
- Jordan Montgomery will begin the season in the Yankees rotation.
- Travis d’Arnaud will not receive as many starts when the Mets face right-handed pitchers.