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Report: Twins chasing Bronson Arroyo for rotation

Nov 12, 2013, 11:10 PM EDT

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The Twins might be about to make one of the biggest free agent splashes in their franchise history. Yes, Bronson Arroyo could be coming to town.

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press that talks are heating up between the two sides and that the Twins have been examining Arroyo’s medical records. That seems like little more than a formality; Arroyo has inherited Derek Lowe’s mantle as the game’s most durable starter, having made 32 starts in nine straight seasons.

The 35-year-old Arroyo, who is likely seeking a two- or three-year deal in the neighborhood of $10 million-$13 million per season, went 14-12 with a 3.79 ERA for the Reds last season. It was the fourth time in five years that he finished with a sub-4.00 ERA and 120-130 strikeouts in 200-220 innings. He fits right in with the Twins’ pitching philosophy of avoiding walks and letting hitters put the ball in play, though he goes about it differently than most; Arroyo largely eschews fastballs in favor of his offspeed pitches.

Arroyo would join a Twins rotation presently set to include Kevin Correia and Samuel Deduno. Kyle Gibson, Vance Worley, Andrew Albers and Scott Diamond will fight for one or two spots, depending on how many veterans the Twins choose to add.

  1. NYTolstoy - Nov 12, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    I have always liked Kevin correia, adding Arroyo will atleast make the rotation semi decent. With Vance worely and company pitching for the other 3 spots.

  2. cocheese000 - Nov 12, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Arroyo lives in key west. That lucky sob

  3. stephenolszewski - Nov 12, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    They’ll need a lot more then Bronson…I like Gardenhire a lot his guys would run through a wall for him

    • jwbiii - Nov 13, 2013 at 4:29 AM

      Perhaps this explains their difficulties with concussions.

  4. sometogethernow - Nov 13, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    From a quick look at his recent numbers, Arroyo is better than I realized he was at this point, but he still seems like the kind of guy you’d be glad to add if you find him available later in the offseason, rather than someone you make an early priority to sign.

  5. spicyjimbolaya - Nov 13, 2013 at 7:23 AM

    Bring Johan Santana back!

  6. bluebirds987 - Nov 13, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    Bronson Arroyo, the “game’s most durable starter”? Surely Mark Buehrle has a better claim to that title: 13 straight seasons with 200 IP, 30+ starts.

    • jm91rs - Nov 13, 2013 at 9:02 AM

      Do you post that stat on every Arroyo story? It’s not an actual award, I think it’s ok if Arroyo and Buehrle share it.

      • bluebirds987 - Nov 13, 2013 at 3:10 PM

        No, I’ve never posted on here before (?)

  7. happytwinsfan - Nov 13, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    sounds good as long as they pay him for what they think he’ll do in the next season or three, not what he did for the reds.

  8. gdog97 - Nov 13, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    Let’s be honest, this is about the best they are gonna do right now unless they are just totally willing to overpay for a guy which is about as UN-Twins way as you can get. A team coming of 3 straight 90 loss seasons doesn’t have the prime free agents wanting to come and play for you unless you can make a helluva sales pitch that you’re suddenly a player or two away from being a contender.

    The Twins need 2-3 starters than can get them 200 innings and 32 starts. This keeps the bullpen a little more fresh, allows guys like Myers, May, and even Worley, to get it figured out and a little more seasoning, and then when they’ve got Sano, Buxton, and the rest of the prospects ready to take over, they can make a push for a better tier of free agent.

    All I know is that the Twins had better be right about 2015 being ‘their year’ to start being competitive again. All this BS about spending more money with a new stadium and being competitive in the FA market has been one of the most swept under the rug stories. This franchise owes their fans in a major, major way. And soon.

    • sometogethernow - Nov 13, 2013 at 9:42 AM

      Basically agreed, but if Arroyo’s price tag is as this story suggests, wouldn’t they just be overpaying for a somewhat less effective starter? Perhaps even more so if they sign him early in the offseason?
      I grant that in some ways Arroyo is a lower-risk proposition than the next tier up in free-agent starters, many of whom have big question marks, but I just don’t like the sound of giving him $10M+ per year when the likes of Haren and Jimenez potentially will cost only a few million more per year.

      • gdog97 - Nov 13, 2013 at 10:46 AM

        You bring up a good point about the cost of each pitcher on a yearly basis, but, it sounds as if Jimenez, Nolasco, etc, are likely going to ask for 5-6 years. I’d much rather be on the hook for $36M then $75-$100M. With that, I’m not entirely sure that I believe the Ubaldo we saw last year is the guy that team is going to get for next year, let alone multiple years of a longer contract. 2 of the last 3 years he’s been pretty lousy and his FB speed is rapidly declining. Speaking of which, there is a great article on twins daily dot com about guys like Jimenez, Nolasco, etc, which will probably make you think twice about wanting to commit to those guys long term.

        The one name you did mention, Haren, is a guy I would love to have. I was also just reading an interview with him conducted in the last month (sorry, can’t find the link at the moment) about how hard it was for him to pitch away from his wife and young kids. It sure sounded like he wants to get back to the west coast. I believe he resides in San Diego or somewhere in that area. I would guess, and this is just a guess, that he’d be willing to theoretically take say 2/25 from the Dodgers, Giants, Padres, etc, but might want 4/50 to come to MN just based on the assumption he wants to pitch closer to home.

  9. jeffreardonsbeard - Nov 13, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Could be the second domino in a Hanigan trade from the reds too? The move of Mauer to full-tim 1B/DH opens up a catching need on the roster and Hanigan was Arroyo’s personal catcher the past few years.

  10. junglerat524 - Nov 13, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    You guys will like Bronson. Sure he’ll have a few games here & there when he gives up 4 bombs but for the most part he gives you the innings & his arm is rubber. He’d be a great addition to a young group of starting pitchers as a work ethic example alone. The guy is a pro all the way around. Plus he’s a pretty cool due. Gonna miss him here in Cincy.

  11. flyingvien - Nov 13, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    He had cornrows before. I’m a little weirded out.

  12. junglerat524 - Nov 13, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Would it upset you If I told you I made this post naked?

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