Despite all my fondness for one, former version of Jake Arrieta, his time with the Cubs this season was very, very bad (6.88 ERA over 20 starts). And yet, perhaps unsurprisingly, his time with the Padres was even worse. In case you missed it, that would include a 10.95 ERA over 4 starts, plus a trip to the injured list with a hamstring strain.
And now, his time out west is over.
Prior to tonight’s game, the #Padres reinstated RHP Javy Guerra from the 60-day IL and designated RHP Jake Arrieta for assignment.
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) September 22, 2021
For as much as Arrieta’s performance stunk – and for as much as I disagreed with the content of his final post-game press conference – I can’t help but feel bad that he’s wandering and available yet again. There’s no doubt this was a move made out of desperation for the Padres – they really should have added another starter at the trade deadline – but I was kinda hoping it would all work out for Jake. Maybe he’d help them steer their way into the postseason and once again perform on a big stage, where we loved to watch him thrive. But it wasn’t to be … for Arrieta and perhaps for the Padres, who are four games out of the second Wild Card slot with less than two weeks to go.
Ultimately, his hamstring issues and inability to maintain his complex delivery sunk his value this year, and I have a hard time imagining a team committing anything more than a minor league deal – at best – for him this offseason.