In recent days, the D’Backs did emerge on the scene and yesterday they were said to be the slight favorites.
Slight or not, it paid off as the Diamondbacks signed Arroyo today, spurning fellow National League West rival the Los Angeles Dodgers who were also attempting to sign Arroyo.
The veteran arm had been requested a three-year deal since the start of free agency, but teams were reluctant to guarantee such a deal. That lead to Arroyo dropping his demands, which instantly picked up his market.
According to Jerry Crasnick, the deal will be for two years and include a third year team option.
The 37-year-old Arroyo, who has proven himself to be one of the most reliable pitchers in the game should be a solid addition for the Diamondbacks.
Terms of the deal have yet to be released.
Update: Buster Olney has the details:
Arroyo's deal with Arizona: 9.5m in 2014, 9.5m 2015, 4.5m buyout on an $11m option on 2016
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) February 7, 2014