Jake Arrieta is undoubtedly the top name remaining on the free agent market, and you'd imagine he'll sign with a new club in the near future considering we are a month away from the start of the regular season.
Several teams such as the Philadelphia Phillies, Milwaukee Brewers and Washington Nationals have shown interest in the former Cy Young Award winner at some point this winter, and one of these clubs remains publicly interested.
The Washington #Nats remain engaged with Jake Arrieta and continue to monitor market as he remains top prize.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) February 28, 2018
Yes, the Washington Nationals still remain engaged in talks with Arrieta, the same team that already has Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg headlining their rotation (and the criminally underrated Tanner Roark lurking behind).
MLB: Nationals 'remain engaged' on Arrieta market https://t.co/0m6jKQVjBL— Rotoworld (@rotoworld) February 28, 2018
The Nationals and Arrieta's agent Scott Boras have done plenty of business together over the years, as over half the team's payroll is made up of Boras clients, and the Strasburg extension is a mutually beneficial and appreciate step taken between both parties. Washington is in title-or-bust mode, especially since their best player, Bryce Harper, will enter the free agent market at season's end.
Adding a stud like Arrieta would only better their chances of winning a postseason series and making a deep run in October. At this point, you'd have to figure the two sides will reach some sort of agreement.