Starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo has been outspoken of late when it comes to where he stands as a free agent this winter. He is miffed by the fact that a team has not already signed him, and then yesterday we learned about his desire to land a three-year deal (which would go through his age 40 season).
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Arizona Diamondbacks might now be in on Arroyo:
The Diamondbacks now kicking the tires on Bronson Arroyo.
— Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) February 1, 2014
Arroyo provides a sturdy option for any team’s rotation, even if he does not offer the same upside as Ervin Santana or Ubaldo Jimenez. Dating back to 2005, Arroyo has failed to throw 200 innings in a season once; that would be 2011, a season in which he slacked off and only threw 199 innings.
His peripherals are not spectacular, but Arroyo regularly keeps his ERA south of 4.00, including the last two seasons when he has pitched half of his games in the band box known as Great American Ballpark. A move to the NL West and their vast west coast parks would help him age even better than he already has as a pitcher.
The Diamondbacks badly wanted Masahiro Tanaka, but it would be a reasonable ‘plan B’ to go with Arroyo to supplement the guys they have in house.