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San Diego Padres expected to land Jake Arrieta

Aug 5, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta (49) throws to first base against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 5, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta (49) throws to first base against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Padres are finalizing a deal with right-handed pitcher Jake Arrieta to bolster their pitching staff for the stretch run, The Athletic reported Monday.

Arrieta was released by the Chicago Cubs last week.

The Padres’ depth took another hit Sunday when Yu Darvish (back) was put on the 10-day injured list. The Padres are also without Chris Paddack (left oblique strain) and Dinelson Lamet (right forearm irritation), and four pitchers — Adrian Morejon, Drew Pomeranz, Mike Clevinger and Dan Altavilla — all are out for the season.

Arrieta, 35, went 5-11 with a 6.88 ERA in 20 starts for Chicago this season.

Arrieta returned to the Cubs in 2021, signing as a free agent on Feb. 17 after three years with the Philadelphia Phillies. But he failed to recapture the magic he enjoyed with Chicago from 2013-17, when he won a World Series and a Cy Young Award and tossed two no-hitters.

He owns a career record of 115-90 with a 3.93 ERA and 1,424 strikeouts in 281 games (275 starts) with the Baltimore Orioles (2010-13), Cubs and Phillies.

Arrieta led the majors in wins and won the National League Cy Young Award in 2015, finishing 22-6 with a 1.77 ERA and three shutouts. In 2016, he made the All-Star team and helped the Cubs win their first World Series title since 1908. He pitched no-hitters against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Aug. 30, 2015, and against the Cincinnati Reds on April 21, 2016.

–Field Level Media