Jake Arrieta, the former National League Cy Young Award winner, announced his retirement from baseball on Monday after a 12-year career.
“Well, I haven’t signed the papers, man, but I’m done. It’s time for me to step away from the game,” Arrieta said on Barstool Sports’ Pardon My Take podcast. “At some point, the uniform goes to somebody else and it’s just my time, really.”
Arrieta, 36, pitched for the Chicago Cubs and the San Diego Padres last season, going 5-14 with a 7.39 ERA. For the 2022 season, he was not on any rosters.
In 2015, the Cubs’ right-hander won the National League Cy Young Award after going 22-6 with a 1.77 ERA. The following season, he was named to his lone All-Star team after posting an 18-8 record and 3.10 ERA.
Arrieta also helped the Cubs end their 108-year title drought in 2016, going 2-0 with a 2.38 ERA in the World Series versus Cleveland. In that series, Chicago defeated Cleveland in seven games.
In addition, in the 2015 and 2016 seasons, Arrieta threw two no-hitters.
“Chicago’s my city,” Arrieta said on the podcast. “It always will be.”
Arrieta began his Major League career with the Baltimore Orioles, pitching for the team for portions of four seasons (2010-13) until being dealt to the Cubs in July 2013. During his five seasons with the Cubs, he was a dominant pitcher, winning 68 games.
After opting for free agency for the first time in his career, Arrieta was signed to a three-year contract by the Philadelphia Phillies. His stay in Philadelphia, however, was hampered by injuries.
Over 285 appearances, Arrieta finishes his MLB career with a 115-93 record and 3.98 ERA (279 starts).