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Detroit Tigers links: Jake Arrieta throws a no-hitter

Arrieta, the pitching version of J.D. Martinez, is finally getting the national attention he deserves.

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It's an easy trap to fall into. Shortly after Jake Arrieta capped off his first career no-hitter by striking out the side in the ninth inning on Sunday night in Los Angeles, I asked myself why the Tigers were never fortunate enough to find a diamond in the rough like him.

Acquired in 2013 for catcher Steve Clevenger and veteran righthander Scott Feldman, Arrieta has found a new lease on life with the Chicago Cubs. He was a replacement level pitcher down the stretch with them in 2013, but has put up 10.4 WAR in the two seasons since, and is quickly making a case for the National League Cy Young award in 2015.

Then, it hit me: Jake Arrieta is J.D. Martinez.

A once-promising prospect that couldn't find his footing with his original club, both Arrieta and Martinez have blossomed in a new locale. Like Martinez, Arrieta changed his mechanics to become a more effective player, and his new club is reaping the benefits.

Unlike Martinez, Arrieta hasn't gotten the national attention he now warrants. J.D. earned a well-deserved All-Star nod this season, but Arrieta's breakout -- which included a 10-5 record and 2.66 ERA in the first half -- wasn't flashy enough to earn a trip to Cincinnati. After throwing a no-hitter against a playoff contender on national television, however, people are starting to take notice.

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