2018 RATING: 3.48
2017 RATING: 6.16
2018 SALARY: $ 2,250,000
2018 PERFORMANCE: 0-2, 4.63 ERA, 35 IP, 37 H, 19 R, 6 HR, 19 BB, 27 SO, 1.60 WHIP
2019 STATUS: FREE AGENT
After a respectfully decent 2017 season with the Dbacks, JDLR signed a new 1 year deal with the team on February 23rd 2018. I was encouraged by the news that Jorge had re-signed with the team as I was a big fan of his overall 2017 performance and believed his many years of experience in the NL West to be valuable.
This season JDLR was viewed as someone who could pitch in any situation. As a 13 year veteran and long time starter JDLR could be relied upon to start a game, replace a struggling starter early, eat up innings, or come in the game for a late innings match up. Trust me, you need a LHP with these types of qualities in your bullpen. However for JDLR things did not turn out to well for him this season. Overall the 37-year-old struggled to a 4.63 ERA in 35 innings for Arizona, walking 12% of batters while striking out only 17%.
JDLR spent some time on the DL after he suffered an apparent foot injury during a game on June 1st. JDLR left the game early after throwing his pitch and taking a few steps toward 1b to assist with an out. The following day he was placed on the 10 day DL with “right Achilles bursitis”, and was replaced on the roster by Jake Barrett.
JDLR returned after the injury and continued to be mediocre. He had a decent showing in July on the 7th when the Dbacks destroyed the Padres 20 - 5. JDLR pitched the 7th and the 8th innings striking out 3 but also giving up a solo HR. The absolute worst game of his season, and the game that essentially sealed his fate, was July 11th at Colorado when JDLR was called in to pitch the 2nd and 3rd innings after Shelby Miller’s 1st inning implosion. In those two innings JDLR gave up 7 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks. The entire game was brutal and JDLR was never looked at the same way, by the fans or the front office.
On July 31st JDLR was De La Roasted (DFAd) to make room for my boy Jake Diekman and was eventually released on August 4th. It did not take long for JDLR to find a new home in Chicagoland where he went on to produce better numbers and even make an appearance in the NL wild card game. As of now he is a free agent and will be 38 years in April. Should the Dbacks kick the tires on him again? That’s gonna be a big no from me, dog.