Former Coyote pitcher traded to Cubs in 3-player deal

Posted Tuesday, Jul. 09, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Former Weatherford College baseball player Jake Arrieta has been traded from the Baltimore Orioles to the Chicago Cubs. Arrieta was part of a three-player deal that also included former Texas Ranger Scott Feldman, who will now be an Oriole.

Cubs officials say Arrieta will be sent to Chicago’s Triple A affiliate in Iowa for the time being. The former Coyote pitched 69 games over four seasons for the Orioles, going 20-25 with a 5.46 ERA. He was the Orioles’ opening day starter last season.

The Plano East product played for Weatherford College in 2005. He went on to TCU, earning Pitcher of the Year honors in the Mountain West Conference and played for Team USA in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Arrieta is one of three former WC players to make the Major Leagues, including German Duran (Texas Rangers) and Ryan Brasier (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim).

Arrieta was Baltimore's Opening Day starter was demoted to the bullpen earlier this season, a day after his sixth consecutive loss.

The Phillies tagged him for career highs of nine runs and 11 hits in four innings, leaving him at 2-8 with a 6.32 ERA.

"Going to the bullpen is going to do a lot of things for me; it's going to allow me to get a lot of the thoughts and emotions out of my head. When I come into the game - just pitch," said Arrieta, 26 at the time. He admitted that night that he “just kind of lost right now."

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