On the same night it was reported that Jake Arrieta is heading back to the Chicago Cubs after three years in Philadelphia, it sounds like another starting pitching option could soon be off the market.
Shortly after MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reported that Rich Hill and the Tampa Bay Rays were “making progress toward a deal”. FanSided’s Robert Murray reported that the two sides had an agreement, pending a physical.
The Rays have already signed Chris Archer and Michael Wacha this offseason. But the club has lost Blake Snell and Charlie Morton, their two best starters last season.
Feb. 12, 7:07 p.m.
According to multiple reports, Jake Arrieta has agreed to a deal that would send the right-hander back to the North Side of the Windy City.
ESPN’s Jesse Rogers reports that the deal is worth between $6.5-$7 million for one year.
The 34-year-old had far and away his best seasons as a Cub, as he went 68-31 with a 2.73 ERA over the course of a five-year run, winning the NL Cy Young Award in 2015 and helping Chicago end its World Series drought in 2016.
Feb. 11, 3:04 p.m.
League sources tell SNY’s Andy Martino that Jake Arrieta’s market value exceeds the $6.5 million the Tampa Bay Rays recently agreed to pay Chris Archer.
Meanwhile, James Paxton is said to be seeking more than the $11 million the Yankees are paying Corey Kluber.
Paxton, despite missing most of the 2020 season due to a forearm injury, has been much more durable than Kluber recently.
The 32-year-old Paxton tossed 150.2 innings in 2019, while Kluber limited to 35.2.
Feb. 10, 4:32 p.m.
The Mets said to be all over the depth starting pitcher market, SNY’s Andy Martino reports.
Martino reported earlier Wednesday that discussions continue between the Mets. Free agent right-handed pitcher Jake Arrieta, though there was no indication a deal is close
The Mets also have “some interest” in free agent left-hander James Paxton.
Per Martino, the Mets could sign more than one of the remaining free agent starting pitchers on the market UFA.