The Arizona Diamondbacks are likely to add a starting pitcher before Spring Training starts in force. While some wonder if Ervin Santana might be a good fit for them as his asking price continues to drop, it appears that they only have eyes for 37-year-old Bronson Arroyo at the moment.
Tonight Nick Cafardo is reporting the following about the veteran starting pitcher.
Dbacks very serious about Bronson Arroyo. Planning a meeting with him.
— Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) February 6, 2014
If Arroyo lands before Santana and Ubaldo Jimenez, it provides an interesting commentary on two things: how the compensatory draft pick system has impacted things, and how teams value stability in the starting rotation. The Diamondbacks could use a pitcher with more upside for their rotation, but one can also understand why they like Arroyo, a machine who regularly logs 200 innings a season.
It will be interesting to see if the Diamondbacks give him a three-year deal. If they do, it will show faith in the career-best peripherals he displayed in 2013. If they are going to get him in the fold, they might be forced to rush the process a little bit; their entire off-season program is pushed up so that they can play the season-opening game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Australia.