Cubs to sign Arrieta

CSF77

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From Cubs.com. to add the going in opinion is Alzolay is looking to win innings going in and might be a shuttle case at first. Who knows this might be a service time extender.

Arrieta is not the same pitcher he was back then for the Cubs. The fastball does not have as much velocity and the right-hander has started to work in a changeup more often than in the past. And throughout all the adjusting, Arrieta has still managed to keep his ground-ball rate north of 51 percent.
 

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Arrieta will not be blocking anyone with talent. Arrieta will either:
1) Be on the injured list most of the year because he is injured.
2) Just suck and be on the injured list because they can’t stomach trotting him out there anymore.
3) Bounce back and look decent which will result in him being flipped for a prospect.
 

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Arrieta will not be blocking anyone with talent. Arrieta will either:
1) Be on the injured list most of the year because he is injured.
2) Just suck and be on the injured list because they can’t stomach trotting him out there anymore.
3) Bounce back and look decent which will result in him being flipped for a prospect.
4) It doesn't matter what he does because Jed wants to hold Alzolay's service time back right now to line up more with Brennen Davis and Brailyn Marquez. This year is a throw away year and he didn't want to lose control when the team is competing.
 
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You know... something i hadn't really considered until just now is the impact Arrieta could have off the field. It's no secret that the cubs are gonna need some break throughs with their young arms. Arrieta seems like a real good guy to help them because he was a former 5th round pick who eventually elevated into top 100 prospect in 2009/10. But he also really struggled when he came up for baltimore.

So, when you consider that Alzolay and Marquez are likely to see some MLB time this year, having a guy who's been where they are and who's worked through struggles could be invaluable to them.
 

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You know... something i hadn't really considered until just now is the impact Arrieta could have off the field. It's no secret that the cubs are gonna need some break throughs with their young arms. Arrieta seems like a real good guy to help them because he was a former 5th round pick who eventually elevated into top 100 prospect in 2009/10. But he also really struggled when he came up for baltimore.

So, when you consider that Alzolay and Marquez are likely to see some MLB time this year, having a guy who's been where they are and who's worked through struggles could be invaluable to them.

Ya that is happening already. Alozay has been working on breaking ball grips and release points with Jake.

The thing with Jake is is he has been injured:

“The last three years weren’t to my expectations,” Arrieta said Saturday in a Zoom call with reporters. “I had to deal with several physical setbacks. The
meniscus [tear] that I pitched through all of 2018, which was tough, but I didn’t want to have surgery during the season. And then in ’19, I ultimately had to have bone spurs taken out of my elbow again. So there were some slight physical limitations, but having said that, I didn’t perform the way I was capable of.


I believe if healthy he is not going to be the same guy because he is not hitting 96-98 MPH any more. But 92-93 should be his avg velocity and that is doable as long as he locates and is able to tunnel his pitches well. IE same release points for his pitches.

But taking last year as a cause/effect having David running the staff more than anything. Last year the staff was wracked with injury and it led the Cubs to a play off birth with no O to support it. The reality is David is great for the catchers in creating game plans for the staff. All the staff needs to focus on is excution of their pitches.
 
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