The decision to sign Jake Arrieta is one of the most complicated this offseason.
Three seasons ago the right-hander was one of the best pitchers in the Major Leagues winning the Cy Young. But after the 2017 season, there were several doubts about his performance, explains Daniel Kramer of MLB.com.
One of the points that stand out is that he has allowed more than double the homers he did in 2015. That season he gave up only 10 homers and in 2017 it shot up to 2017.
Another problem for Arrieta from the 2015 season to 2017 his lower fastball velo average, which has dropped from 95 miles per hour to 92.
Kramer explains that at the Arrieta's age, 31, it is very hard to regain that velocity.
Arrieta gave 7 more walks in 2017 than in 2015, not an alarming number until you take into account that he threw sixty innings less than in his Cy Young season.
On the positive side, Arrieta has remained dominant in long counts and has one of the broader repertoires in Major League baseball with a four-seam fastball, sinker, curve, change-up and a slider-cutter.
The player is inline for a four-year contract worth $100 million dollars according to MLB Trade Rumors.