The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed free agent starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo. Arroyo signed a two-year deal with a club option for a third year. According to ESPN, Arroyo’s deal is $9.5 million in base salary for 2014 and 2015, with the third year club option at $11 million and a $4.5 million buyout option. Overall the contract is estimated at $23.5 million, if the D-backs decline the third-year option and buy him out.
Arroyo is a 14-year MLB veteran who comes to the club from the Cincinnati Reds where he spent the last eight years of his career. He also spent three years in Pittsburgh and three years in Boston. His career stat line reads as follows: 138-127 record, 4.19 ERA, 1.292 WHIP, and a 2.38 strikeout-to-walk ratio. I think Arroyo can help solidify the Diamondbacks rotation. While he may not be the best pitcher in the history of baseball, he is a veteran with plenty of experience in the postseason including winning the 2004 World Series with the Red Sox. That fact can only help the Diamondbacks with countless young arms in the rotation.
I think it is a good deal for all parties involved and could pay off good dividends, even if Arroyo struggles. GM Kevin Towers now has the starting pitcher he promised to bring at the beginning of the off-season, one who will help teach the young D-backs rotation how to approach baseball and hopefully help make this team a playoff team to contend with the rest of the improved National League West.
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