Reports: Arrieta to sign with Padres after Cubs release

USA Today

The Padres are signing Jake Arrieta, according to multiple reports.

The Cubs released the veteran right-hander on Thursday, after he allowed eight runs in four innings in his last start.

“We thought it was the right thing to do for him,” Cubs president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer said at the time. “If he can catch on somewhere, maybe a change of scenery would help him. And for us, it seemed like the right time.”

Short starts have plagued Arrieta (5-11, 6.88) for the past few months. After back-to-back starts in which Arrieta didn’t get out of the second inning, the Cubs placed him on the 10-day injured list with hamstring tightness, giving him time on either side of the All-Star break to work through his struggles.

In three starts since returning from the IL, however, Arrieta posted a 10.50 ERA.

A spot in the Padres starting rotation opened when former Cubs ace Yu Darvish landed on the 10-day IL with lower back tightness. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal first reported Arrieta’s impending signing. USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reported that Arrieta is scheduled to start Wednesday against the Rockies.


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