Former Cincinnati Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo is still on the free agent market and would be a great asset for any team looking for a reliable top of the rotation starter to give the team some innings and provide consistent production. The Arizona Diamondbacks, who have been looking to add a starter this whole offseason lost out on Masahiro Tanaka, and all the other options on the market require the D’backs to give up prospects or draft pick compensation. Arroyo is the only option left that doesn’t require the team to do much and apparently they are in on him. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported on Twitter that the D’backs are “kicking the tires on Bronson Arroyo”.
Arroyo consistently keep his ERA south of 4.00 and while that might not sound good, he is very reliable and durable hitting 200 innings in every year of his career expect in 2011 when he hit 199 innings. This is the kind of production Arizona G.M Kevin Towers is looking for. However, the right-hander now wants a three year contract and Towers has said in the past that he doesn’t want to give pitchers three year contracts. If the D’backs acquire Arroyo, the question will be what will Arizona do with Randall Delgado?.
Personally at this point I don’t think it would be a good move to get Arroyo especially with the contract he wants. He would be with the team until he is 40 and the rotation is good as is especially if Trevor Cahill and Brandon McCarthy can stay healthy. Plus with all the talent coming up the D’backs don’t need to sign Arroyo. If it was a one year deal just to help for this year then fine, but a three year deal is to much for a pitcher of his age and it would just be counterproductive for an organization that is trying to build their future from within.