Aug 19, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo (61) pitches during the third inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

MLB rumors: New York Mets 'heavily involved' with Bronson Arroyo

Few pitchers were more coveted in free agency than that of Bronson Arroyo, though, it appears the 36-year-old’s contractual demands have scared teams away.

Teams were lining up to speak with Arroyo when free agency broke as the Cincinnati Reds did not extend a qualifying offer to the starting pitcher, meaning any team that signed Arroyo wouldn’t have to forfeit a draft pick. That said, Arroyo wasn’t going to come cheaply and with age not on his side, teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants opted to look elsewhere and sign veterans who they were more comfortable with.

That has left Arroyo with far less suitors and it appears the New York Mets have potentially emerged as the top candidate to sign Arroyo, as New York is ‘heavily involved’ in contract talks for the pitcher:

Source: #Mets now heavily involved in Arroyo talks. No deal close, sides will meet face-to-face in near future.

Arroyo has been coveted for the Mets for quite some time and the pitcher has gone on record suggesting the interest is mutual, so it’s possible the two sides may work out some type of deal in the somewhat near future.

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