Bronson Arroyo could be a good fit for teams needing an arm to eat innings.
The writing has been on the wall. The finalization of that writing was when the Cincinnati Reds did not extend a qualifying offer to Bronson Arroyo. Not a shock there.
With the arms of Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos, Homer Bailey, Mike Leake and Tony Cingrani on the roster, it was hard not to associate Arroyo as the odd man out. 2013 was the final year of his deal and the front office is willing to forge ahead without #61 in their rotation. The issue of dollars and/or number of years play a role in that decision.
In the past few days, no fewer than couple of weeks, four teams have reportedly shown an interest in the righty pitcher. The Giants, Phillies and Twins have interest according to The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo.
8. Bronson Arroyo, RHP, free agent — Arroyo reports that the Giants, Phillies, and Twins have called his agents but no offers have been made. Arroyo is the most durable pitcher in baseball and is likely to receive more interest.
The Mets have previously been linked to Arroyo as well. In his eight seasons in Cincinnati, Arroyo has failed to reach 200 innings pitched once when he hurled 199 innings in 2011.
During those eight seasons, Arroyo racked up a record of 105-94 with a 4.05 ERA and 1.268 WHIP. He represented the Reds at the 2006 All-Star Game, twice received Cy Young mentions (’06, ’10) and snared a Gold Glove (’10).
(H/T: Hardball Talk)