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Former Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta retires after 12 seasons

Former Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta retires after 12 seasons
Former Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta captured the National League Cy Young Award in 2015 when he went 22-6 with a 1.77 ERA for the Cubs. File Photo by Brian Kersey/UPI | License Photo

April 18 (UPI) -- Former National League Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta announced his retirement from baseball on Monday after 12 seasons.

"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."

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The 36-year-old Arrieta posted a 5-14 record and 7.39 ERA last season between the Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres. He wasn't on a roster for the 2022 season.

The right-hander captured the NL Cy Young Award in 2015 when he went 22-6 with a 1.77 ERA for the Cubs. He earned his lone All-Star selection the following season when he had an 18-8 record and 3.10 ERA.

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Arrieta also helped the Cubs end their 108-year championship drought in the 2016 campaign, going 2-0 with a 2.38 ERA against Cleveland in the World Series. Chicago defeated Cleveland in seven games that series.

In addition, Arrieta tossed two no-hitters in the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

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"Chicago's my city," Arrieta said on the podcast. "It always will be."

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Arrieta started his Major League career with the Baltimore Orioles, pitching in parts of four seasons for the club (2010-13) before he was traded to the Cubs in July 2013. He was a dominant pitcher for the Cubs across five seasons, winning 68 games with the franchise.

The Philadelphia Phillies signed Arrieta to a three-year contract after the veteran pitcher elected to enter free agency for the first time in his career. Injuries, however, marred his time in Philadelphia.

Arrieta ends his MLB career with a 115-93 record and 3.98 ERA over 285 appearances (279 starts).

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