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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL HOT STOVE NEWS: PHILS AND JAKE ARRIETA STEPPING UP TALKS

The Philadelphia Phillies have stepped up contract talks with free agent starting pitcher Jake Arrieta according to multiple sources, with one saying there could be a framework for a deal already in place.  With big name free agents having found homes in recent days, Arrieta and third baseman Mike Moustakas become the top names left on the board.  The Phillies have made some moves this winter to try and get back into contention but they remain in need of an ace-level starter which Arrieta qualifies for.

Analysis:  Arrieta is an interesting name for 2018 fantasy baseball as he has a somewhat hot-and-cold 2018 campaign and has seen his fastball velocity dip a bit the last two seasons as well.  Throw in the always high injury risk here and Arrieta is not without red flags.  However he still showed he is capable of missing bats last season and thus he can make the SP 2 grade in 2018 no matter where he signs. 


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