Jake Arrieta has started 62 games for Baltimore since debuting as a 24-year-old top prospect in 2010, but the Orioles finally decided they couldn’t keep trotting the right-hander and his 5.40 career ERA out there every fifth day.
This season Arrieta’s struggles have included a league-high 16 walks in 19 innings and that got him a trip back to Triple-A at age 27.
Arrieta has shown occasional flashes of potential, but since the beginning of last season he has a 6.26 ERA in 134 innings while allowing 188 total baserunners. He has the raw stuff to succeed, but command and consistently have been huge issues.
Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez signed a deal with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican Baseball League earlier this week, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Friday. The righty wasn’t necessarily too fringey a player to hack it in the big leagues, but there were no MLB takers in attendance during his showcase in Venezuela last month and he clearly felt it best to try his luck elsewhere.
The 27-year-old’s last major league gig came with the Phillies, for whom he delivered a 4.30 ERA, 6.8 BB/9 and 3.7 SO/9 over 14 2/3 innings in 2017. While he’s not too far removed from his first and only All-Star bid in 2014, he was besieged by shoulder issues in 2015 and 2016 and underwent season-ending surgeries as a result.
That added injury risk, coupled with the fact that he hasn’t pitched more than 22 innings in a single season since 2014, may have been too much for major league teams to take on this spring. Assuming he steers clear of further injuries, however, a return to the majors may not be entirely out of the question in years to come.