I’ll be the first to say, I’ll miss Arrieta. He did alot for the Cubbies, and helped them secure their first World Series title since 1908.
……..but why are people extremely sad? It’s not like he kept his Cy Young numbers going all four seasons……
In Arrieta’s 4+ years with the Cubs, he finished with a 2.73 ERA, 68 wins, and 793 strikeouts. HOWEVER, he did see his ERA rise from 1.77 in 2015 to 3.53 in 2017.
And with that, he wanted a contract ranging around $200 million? Where the hell is a 3.53 ERA worth $200 million? It’s ridiculous!
But I get it, he ended up not getting that from the Phillies. And some people would try and argue; “He could have still come back to Chicago. They could afford it.”
WHERE? WHERE THE HELL COULD THEY AFFORD THAT?
Look at what he got from the Phillies. For one; it was NOWHERE close to the $200 million he was asking for. And why’s that? It’s because he and his agent wanted an amount he wasn’t worth, and his value dropped as he continued to sit in free agency.
And secondly……..WHERE WAS HE COMING BACK TO??? The Cubs already got Yu Darvish and Tyler Chatwood. Granted, Chatwood is no Arrieta, and you could say he may not measure up to Jake on his worst year. But guess what folks, there was nowhere for him to go. It’s not like they were going to give up the house to make him an overpaid number 4 or 5 starter in the rotation.
He wanted to be greedy, and this is what happens.
And I get it, he helped the Cubs win a title. But he’s gone now, and the city of Chicago needs to understand that. Now he’s out with the Phillies, where he will be a part of another rebuild that could take a few years.
BUT, don’t expect him to throw up any more Cy Young worthy numbers, because that ship has sailed. In all honesty, Jake is at that point in his career where he’s a proverbial middle-of-the-rotation pitcher.
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