MLB breaking news! The Chicago Cubs and former ace Jake Arrieta have agreed to a one-year deal, pending a physical, after showing interest in him over the past couple of weeks. According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports Arrieta had higher offers but loved the idea of a reunion with the Cubs. The dollar amount of this deal is still unannounced but it is estimated to be around $6.5 million for one season.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) February 13, 2021
Pre Cubs Stint
Prior to being traded to the Cubs in 2013, Arrieta spent four unproductive seasons with the Baltimore Orioles. In Baltimore Arrieta appeared in 69 games )starting 63), and posted a 5.46 ERA, 277 strikeouts, with no complete games. It is safe to say that is not the Arrieta Cubs fans remember, or the guy he wants to be remembered as.
First Cubs Stint
On July 2nd, 2013 the Cubs would acquire Arrieta and Pedro Strop in what they thought was a minor deal. Arrieta would be optioned to triple-A before being recalled later that season.
Arrieta would spend five memorable seasons with the Cubs. Through five seasons he would start all 128 games he appeared in, posting a 2.73 ERA, adding 793 strikeouts, and six complete games. Of those six complete games, two of which we no-hitters. Arrieta would add one Cy Young award and play a vital role in the Cubs 2016 World Series Championship run.
2018 would see Arrieta depart the north side and head to the City of Brotherly Love. His stint in Philadelphia was much like his time in Baltimore. With the Phillies, he posted a 4.36 ERA and 280 strikeouts in 64 games, which were all starts.
MLB Breaking News
Other than the Cubs addressing their pitching, MLB breaking news today was scarce today. The Athletics and Dodgers swapped prospects earlier in the day, yesterday the Blue Jays DFA’d Derek Fisher. Neither of which brings as much joy as Jake Arrieta coming back in the Windy City.
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