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Giants remain interested in Bronson Arroyo

Nov 19, 2013, 6:21 PM EDT

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The Giants inked veteran right-hander Tim Hudson on Monday to a two-year contract worth $23 million, but they are not done pursuing starting pitchers.

Giants assistant general manager Bobby Evans told Jim Bowden of SiriusXM on Tuesday afternoon that his team is still in contact with another veteran right-hander, Bronson Arroyo. The idea would be to pair Hudson and Arroyo with current starters Madison Bumgarner, Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum.

Arroyo, 36, posted a 3.97 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 202 innings this past summer for the Reds. One of the most durable pitchers in baseball, he’s made 32 or more starts in each of the last nine seasons.

The Twins, Phillies, Dodgers, Angels and Orioles are also believed to have interest in Arroyo.

  1. NYTolstoy - Nov 19, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    if the giants sign Arroyo then they have on paper one of the best starting 5. Strong veteran presence all around. All they need is an outfielder to cover left and help Panda lose some weight. I truly believe why he continues to get hurt is his weight. With a strong bullpen they can very well compete with the Dodgers. Belt has continued to improve with the bat and glove. Crawford has found his offensive swing and with an amazing glove to go with it. Scuturo and panda will do fine and Pence hasn’t missed less then 145 games in a decade. Hopefully Pegan can stay healthy and with Posey learning behind the plate and his offensive skills make the Giants a formidable team to compete with. Some one with a good amount of pop will help wonders for that lineup.

  2. dcfan999 - Nov 19, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    I disagree NY lincecum is not the pitcher he once was Hudson is coming back from injury and volgelson was bad that’s 3 big question marks

    • goawaydog - Nov 19, 2013 at 7:49 PM

      Vogolsong is a free agent. The Giants declined his 6.5million dollar option. Hudson and linecum are similar pitchers at different points of their careers, and hopefully timmy will learn to adjust from fastball thrower to pitcher as hudson has.

  3. historiophiliac - Nov 19, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    What a leg kick!

  4. NYTolstoy - Nov 19, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    like dog said Volgesong is no longer on the team. So the starting 5 would be Cain Bumgardner Hudson and if Arroyo joins him and Lincicum. Lincicum will never be the same but when he vs another team’s number 3-5 pitchers more regularly he’s more likely to succeed and he has already stated that he has twicked his approach to pitching so in essence their starting 5 are better then most starting 5. I can think of the Tigers and Dodgers competing with that rotation.

    • gibbyfan - Nov 19, 2013 at 9:57 PM

      Dodgers are going to run away with that division next year………..not a dodger fan here but their front 3 pitchers are the best in the division by far and the rest of the team has few if any weaknesses………they have their 2nd baseman and will buy what they can to fill the remaining holes….great team to start with and unlimited budget.I say good luck to Giant fans

  5. sisqsage - Nov 19, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    One effect of the focus on spending for pitching: no real LF help and too many at-bats next year for Gregor Blanco. We all know how ugly that can get. Great defense, but I can do without those 1-for-27 slumps (heavy on unproductive outs) and base running gaffs. Maybe Peguero will finally develop. The Sabean regime has never been able to develop much homegrown talent in the OF. The pitching record is impressive though, and the next wave is coming by late 2014-2015. Vogey is going to have to take a big pay cut to re-sign, which means he’ll probably end up elsewhere after waiting out the market. He’s been way too inconsistent the last few years. Arroyo would be an upgrade. Interested to see if Petit was for real last year or a flash in the pan. Would love to see him and Gaudin moved back to relief roles which would bolster a RH bullpen that was a big letdown last year.

    • temporarilyexiled - Nov 20, 2013 at 7:53 AM

      Great take on the current situation. If they do sign Arroyo, they’ve at least got a chance to pitch well again. The bullpen would immediately improve. A few tweaks would return it to its former glory. LF is a disaster. I don’t like Pagan’s defense in center, and I wouldn’t like his offense in LF. There are just too many offensive question marks to say the team could beat the Dodgers with speed, pitching and defense alone, and that defense isn’t as good as it needs to be, especially if you’ve now got a couple of pitchers who pitch more to contact than the rest of your staff. Adding Arroyo, somehow finding a real offensive talent to play LF, and having a real backup plan for now (and maybe forever) for what happens if Pablo Sandoval continues to truly resemble a Panda, would make me a believer again.

  6. daveitsgood - Nov 20, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    if a .311 obp, .363 slg and 96 ops+ if finding your offensive swing, I think you’re doing it wrong. Looking at you here, Crawford.

  7. junglerat524 - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:11 AM

    He’s not a big fan of the left coast so don’t get your hopes up.

    • jm91rs - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:54 AM

      He wasn’t a big fan of Cincinnati either, but things change.

      • junglerat524 - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:50 AM


  8. spyder9669 - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    actually last month he said he loved san francisco and could definitely see himself playing there. do some homework.

    • junglerat524 - Nov 20, 2013 at 12:28 PM

      Another lie.

      “Now a free agent, Arroyo said he’s open to any of the 30 teams, but there are three major factors – 1. a team needs to have a need for a starter, 2. he’d like a team that has a chance to win a title and, 3. he’d prefer not to go to the west coast, where he’s never played and is far from friends and family.”

      A for homework.

  9. junglerat524 - Nov 21, 2013 at 12:44 AM


    • temporarilyexiled - Nov 21, 2013 at 7:46 AM

      No doubt BA expressed both sides of this non-controversy and wasn’t lying, just talking. None of the comments that disagree with you are lies. You’re just looking for a fight. Find a worthy topic, and then consider that when people state things that disagree with you, that doesn’t make them lies. Grow up.

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