Phillies Have Four Players They Should Target In Free Agency Come 2018

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Aug 29, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez (5) walks to the dugout in the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field. The Rockies defeated the Dodgers 8-1. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 29, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez (5) walks to the dugout in the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field. The Rockies defeated the Dodgers 8-1. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 6, 2017; Tempe, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta (49) throws in the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels during a spring training game at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 6, 2017; Tempe, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta (49) throws in the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels during a spring training game at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports /

Starting Pitcher Jake Arrieta

The 2016 Cy Young award winner has made it known that he is looking to pitch for quite some time after this season and Philadelphia makes sense.

After three incredibly impressive seasons in Chicago (stats shown below), Arrieta will likely command a good chunk of change for his services and the Phillies have the funds to oblige him.

Standard Pitching
Year Age W L W-L% ERA IP H R ER BB SO
2014 28 10 5 .667 2.53 156.2 114 46 44 41 167
2015 29 22 6 .786 1.77 229.0 150 52 45 48 236
2016 30 18 8 .692 3.10 197.1 138 72 68 76 190

With Jeremy Hellickson serving as Philadelphia’s ace for the second straight season, the Phillies could be looking to upgrade for the long haul…that is unless one of many prospects can earn the nod.

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