No less than a day ago, we were told the New York Mets were ‘heavily involved’ in attempts to sign starting pitcher, Bronson Arroyo.
The move made sense. The Mets are hungry for starting pitching, Arroyo has been open about playing for the team and given a handful of potential suitors interested in Arroyo’s services (like the Dodgers, Giants) have moved on, it seemed like it would be a relatively solid pairing.
However, sources have told ESPN New York that the Mets aren’t overly interested in Arroyo:
A Mets official downplayed the team’s interest in Bronson Arroyo, now suggesting a meeting may or may not take place with the free-agent pitcher.
The team insider characterized the Mets’ actual interest in Arroyo as “not super high.”
Arroyo, one of the more reliable pitchers in the game (from a health standpoint) does come with warts (say, like his age and salary demands) but would seemingly be a solid fit with the Mets. It could simply be a bargaining tactic being employed by the team, or, they really aren’t as interested as rumors have lead some to believe.