Jake Arrieta
34-Year-Old PitcherSP
Philadelphia Phillies
10-Day IL
Injury Hamstring
Est. Return 10/10/2020
2020 Fantasy Outlook
The Phillies knew the risks when they signed the Arrieta, then 32 years old, for $25 million per year in March of 2018. While he gave them a respectable 3.96 ERA in his first season in Philadelphia, things started to go wrong in the second year of his deal. His ERA rose for the fifth straight season, coming in at 4.64. His poor 18.5% strikeout rate and decent 8.6% walk rate each represented only modest steps back from the previous season's marks, so much of the blame can be placed on his career-worst 19.4% HR/FB rate. The blame can also be placed on the bone spur in the veteran's rate elbow. He pitched through the injury for much of the season before being shut down for season-ending surgery in mid-August. It's possible the surgery reverses his decline, but it may do nothing more than add injury risk to a player with plenty of age and performance risk already. Read Past Outlooks
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