One of the bigger free agent starting pitchers has come off of the board for teams.
Ken Rosenthal has reported that Bronson Arroyo has signed a two-year deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The deal also contains an option for a third year. Arroyo had been reportedly wanting a full three-year deal as of last week, but his asking price in terms of length dropped over these past few days.
Arroyo had been linked to both the Dodgers and the Diamondbacks, but Bill Shakin of the LA Times reports that the Dodgers’ interest in the right-hander was not as strong as reported.
The righty, going into his age-37 season, is known as one of the more durable pitchers in the game, pitching near and above 200 innings for the last nine seasons. He has spent the last eight years in Cincinnati, posting a 105-94 record with a 4.05 ERA. He was not tendered a qualifying offer, and so the Diamondbacks do not have to give up a draft pick.
Arroyo now joins a rotation that includes Patrick Corbin, Trevor Cahill, Wade Miley, Randall Delgado, and Brandon McCarthy.
The deal is worth a guaranteed $23.5 million. Arroyo will be paid $9.5 million in each of 2014 and 2015, and there is an $11 million option for 2016 with a $4.5 million buyout.
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