Jake Arrieta lands in the NL East — but in Philadelphia, not Washington

Jake Arrieta is still a free agent. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Weeks of speculation about whether Jake Arrieta would be the latest Scott Boras client to land with the Washington Nationals ended Sunday evening with reports the right-hander had agreed to a three-year deal worth $75 million with the Philadelphia Phillies. The 32-year-old will have a new home, pending a physical, and while it will be in the NL East, as most expected, it will not be on South Capitol Street.

Arrieta joins a budding Phillies team that suddenly feels like a sleeper playoff contender, and always felt likely to be a pest for the Nationals. He provides veteran leadership and clout to what had been a rebuilding roster, but now looks like a team preparing to make a run this season before pouncing on next winter’s vaunted free agent class.

Arrieta was long considered the main pitching prize of this strange and confounding free agent market, one of a handful of premier starters available. He was  one of three top-tier types that began this week without jobs. Lance Lynn signed a one-year deal with the

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