Five Reasons for Chicago Cubs Fans to be Thankful

2. Jake Arrieta

Credit: Jonathan Daniel Getty Images

Credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

When Jake Arrieta was traded to the Cubs in 2013, he was nothing more than a former prospect who failed to realize his potential. He was, for lack of a better term, damaged goods. After showing glimpses of his potential in 2013 and 2014, Arrieta exploded onto the scene in 2015, specifically the second half of 2015. In the second half, Arrieta went 12-1 with a 0.75 ERA (ERAs that start with 0 are good), not bad for a guy who, along with Pedro Strop, was traded for Steve Clevenger and a few months of Scott Feldman.

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