Good luck, Bronson Arroyo
Numerous media reports from Jerry Crasnick to Ken Rosenthal and MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert are reporting late Friday afternoon that free agent Bronson Arroyo finally has a new team — the Arizona Diamondbacks. It’s a two-year, $23.5 million contract with a club option for 2016.
Arroyo probably didn’t get the dollars he was hoping when he began this process but he at least got the two years at what appears to be market value. By comparison, the Giants signed free agent Tim Hudson (age 38) to a two-year, $23 million deal in November.
Despite some talks here and there, the Reds never expressed serious interest in retaining Arroyo after eight mostly solid seasons. The lack of interest on their part was never about the body of work or the person, it was all dollars and cents. The club didn’t want to give him a multi-year deal, even to a 200-inning consistent and never injured workhorse like Arroyo mostly because he is a pitcher who will soon be 37. Not when they have young talent like Tony Cingrani ready to go, more young arms like Robert Stephenson just around the corner and other veterans like Mat Latos, Homer Bailey and Johnny Cueto who will need contracts before escaping as free agents.
Arroyo was easily one of the most accessible players I’ve ever covered and it was certainly appreciated. After a good game or a bad one, he is always available. He always speaks with candor, is very smart about the game and gets the big picture. He was also fun to watch pitch, especially when he had his good stuff.
Best of luck to him in Arizona.