During the past offseason, pitcher Bronson Arroyo couldn’t figure out why so many of his counterparts secured themselves a contract while he continued to wait things out.
Courted by a handful of teams early in the offseason, Arroyo was adamant about the inclusion of an extra year in his deal.
Nobody wanted to pay such a premium, so teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants, who were in on Arroyo, opted to go different ways.
The Dodgers eventually emerged yet again as a suitor, but it was the Arizona Diamondbacks who eventually signed the veteran pitcher as spring training approached. But with Arizona stumbling out of the gates and unlikely to find themselves in the National League West race, it’s possible the D’Backs may be looking to trade Arroyo.
With the Diamondbacks likely out of the race by the deadline, look for Arroyo to be on the move again. Arroyo is an experienced starter who could solidify the back of a rotation, particularly for a National League team. He’s not a shutdown guy, rather a keep-your-team-in-the-game guy.
Arizona isn’t likely to get much for the veteran, especially given his contract goes through the 2015 season and includes a buyout of $4.5 million dollars for the 2016 season. Still, there’s likely to be a team out there who’ll take Arroyo off the Diamondback’s hands if they’re having an understandable bit of buyers remorse.
Now 37, Arroyo has proven to be one of the most durable arms in baseball and while not a top of the line guy, he’ll certainly be a solid addition to a team looking for starting depth.