The Padres officially announced that they have awarded veteran starter Jake Arrieta a minor league contract.
Arrieta, with 12 years of experience in the majors and a 2015 Old Circuit Cy Young Award winner, has struggled all season, posting a 6.88 ERA in 20 starts for the Cubs. However, the Frailes hope that a change of environment can help Arrieta regain the dominant level of before.
The San Diego club’s starting pool looked a bit weak after failing to add an arm on the trade deadline. But since then, the situation has reached another level of urgency. Righties Yu Darvish (stiff back) and Chris Paddack (strained right oblique) have been put on the disabled list, leaving the Padres in a tough spot.
The Friars remain hopeful that Paddack and Darvish can rejoin to make an impact down the stretch. San Diego is 2.5 games ahead of the Reds in the fight for the final postseason berth.
In his 12-season career in the Big Top, Arrieta has a 3.93 ERA and 115 wins, though he hasn’t posted an ERA better than 4.00 since 2018. (MLB IN SPANISH)