Cy Young Award

If any team wants Jake Arrieta to open the season, time is running out

If any team wants Jake Arrieta to open the season, time is running out

Tuesday was Jake Arrieta's 32nd birthday, an occasion the Washington Nationals marked by giving the ball to a different starting pitcher, getting on with the task of preparing for the 2018 season and otherwise ignoring the ethereal existence, somewhere out there in the free agent wasteland, of the 2015 National League Cy Young Award winner. Twenty-nine other teams, spread across Florida and Arizona, did more or less the same.

While Arrieta remains unsigned 23 days before opening day — a virtually unprecedented scenario for someone of his pedigree, age and presumed health — the Nationals, the team most frequently linked to him by industry insiders, trotted presumed fifth starter A.J....

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