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Bronson Arroyo “would definitely consider” signing with the Mets

Nov 2, 2013, 12:51 PM EDT

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After spending the last eight seasons with the Reds, Bronson Arroyo will almost certainly be pitching elsewhere next season. And while the Hot Stove is just getting warmed up, Dan Martin of the New York Post brings the following tidbit about a potential landing spot for the free agent right-hander:

The Mets’ hopes for the backbone of their team next season to be starting pitching suffered a crushing blow when Matt Harvey was lost following Tommy John surgery.

If they are going to have any chance of staying relevant in 2014, the Mets will almost certainly have to lure someone like Bronson Arroyo to help the rotation.

While the Mets have not contacted Arroyo yet, that should change.

“Bronson is an East Coast guy and would definitely consider the Mets,” Arroyo’s agent, Terry Bross, said. “But we’re going to take our time with this.”

It would be silly to rule out any team, so this ultimately doesn’t mean much. Still, the Mets expect to be active in free agency with a lot of money coming off the books, and could use a veteran arm with Jon Niese, Zack Wheeler, and Dillon Gee as the only locks for the starting rotation.

Arroyo, 36, posted a 3.79 ERA and 124/34 K/BB ratio over 32 starts this season and has logged at least 199 innings in each of the last nine seasons. He’s looking for at least a two-year deal and should have no problem finding it.

  1. jm91rs - Nov 2, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Can’t fault a guy for chasing money, but as a fan of his id rather see him chasing another ring.

    • pjmitch - Nov 2, 2013 at 2:04 PM

      8 Million a year has a nice “ring” to it.

      • source7769 - Nov 2, 2013 at 3:49 PM

        maybe to you but not to freddy coupon he would rather it be 800k

    • NatsLady - Nov 2, 2013 at 3:36 PM

      Nats? We need a No. 4, and hopefully better (and cheaper) than The Edward Jackson Experience and The Dan Haren Experience.

  2. arrooo - Nov 2, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Good fit fir the Mets

  3. watchfullhose - Nov 2, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Arroyo is what he is…he randomly has bad games, doesn’t strike many guys out and gives up a ton of hits…and he definitely ISN’T a pitcher worth 8 million / year. Good luck with that, Mets. It looks like you’ve learned nothing from the past.

    • chill1184 - Nov 2, 2013 at 5:08 PM

      Apparently you need help on learning how to read

  4. metalhead65 - Nov 2, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    as long as the manager does not leave him in when starts giving up hits after the 5th inning like dusty always did he would be a great addition to the mets staff. besides eating innings he is a leader and would be a stabilizing influence on a young staff. seriously though nobody in baseball loses it faster than this guy does. I mean when it’s gone it is over with for him something dusty could never figure out even when everyone at the park and watching on TV could see it he still left him in until all the damage was done or if he did manage to get out of the inning sent him back out to start the next one. his ERA would have been at least a run lower if not for that.

  5. steelers88 - Nov 2, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Why?

  6. deacon85 - Nov 2, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Years later, I still find it hard to believe Theo Epstein traded him for Wily Mo Pena.

    • fatheruburu - Nov 3, 2013 at 8:00 AM

      Mo Pena mo problems.

  7. thebadguyswon - Nov 2, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    The Mets don’t need pitching – its the one thing they have plenty of. They especially don’t need a pitcher that would require more than a one-year contract. If they sign a veteran pitcher, it will be someone like Dice-K or Capuano or Josh Johnson, who can be had for a one-year deal.

  8. docboss - Nov 2, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    As a Cards fan, I would love to see him leave the Reds.

    • paco53 - Nov 2, 2013 at 8:33 PM

      I am a Reds fan, and I will miss him. Nice guy, good competitor, gives you 200-innings every year.

    • metalhead65 - Nov 2, 2013 at 10:45 PM

      why? your guys won’t be able to cry and whine and accuse him of cheating when he beats you.oh wait you do that any time the reds win when they play you.

  9. thomas844 - Nov 3, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Arroyo is a fly ball pitcher. He gave up a lot of homers at GABP, but still always put up really good numbers despite the small park. I can imagine he might be able to put up All-Star caliber numbers playing at Citi Field.

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