When Major League Baseball free agency began, few names on the market were hotter than pitcher Bronson Arroyo. The veteran had proven himself to be one of the more durable arms in the game and wouldn’t be commanding an absurd contract (either in years or money) like a few other fellow free agents.
Even better? The Cincinnati Reds, Arroyo’s former team didn’t attaching a qualifying offer to him, meaning that whomever signed him wouldn’t have to forfeit a draft pick. It was a perfect scenario for teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants who were looking to add pitching.
But both San Francisco and Los Angeles spent their money elsewhere and now Arroyo, despite being linked to numerous teams, is still without a job and he can’t figure out why.
“I don’t even have an offer to turn down,” he said. “So I might still be sitting here on March 1. I have no idea. I don’t know what to do,” Arroyo said. “I’m not trying to break the bank. But I am a guy who’s performed for the last 10 years as consistently as anybody in the game. And for some reason, nobody’s thrown me an offer yet.”
Arroyo is 37-years-old and rumors have said he’s looking for a three-year contract, so that might be part of the reason Arroyo is still available though it is a little shocking to see him on the wire this last into the offseason.