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Report: Mets “heavily involved” in talks with free agent Bronson Arroyo

Nov 30, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Mets general manager Sandy Alderson plans to meet with Arroyo at the pitcher’s home in Florida next week. Alderson contacted Arroyo’s representatives on Wednesday to arrange the meeting.

3:00 p.m. ET: It was reported on Thanksgiving that the Twins were still pursuing Bronson Arroyo even after adding Ricky Nolasco and now Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish hears that the Mets are “heavily involved” in talks with the free agent right-hander.

No deal is believed to be imminent, but Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has expressed interest in meeting with Arroyo in the near future. That could happen before or during the Winter Meetings, which will take place from December 9-12 in Orlando.

As of now, the only locks for the Mets’ rotation are Jon Niese, Dillon Gee, and Zack Wheeler, so adding a veteran innings-eater like Arroyo could make sense if the price is right. However, it’s unclear where he falls on their priority list this winter, as they also have a clear need for offense.

Cotillo hears that the Angels are also involved for Arroyo, though they haven’t been nearly as aggressive as the Twins and Mets. Meanwhile, the Yankees intend to wait things out with Masahiro Tanaka and Hiroki Kuroda before seeing where they stand.

  1. gymtruthteller - Nov 30, 2013 at 4:56 PM


  2. gymtruthteller - Nov 30, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Bronson will give you 200 innings a year and he will suck during most of them. I hope the M

  3. gymtruthteller - Nov 30, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    Bronson will give you 200 innings a year and he will suck during most of them. I hope the Mets are smarter than that. Bronson is lucky if he has one good game every 10

  4. nymets4ever - Nov 30, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Get it done Sandy, we need a proven veteran innings guy and Arroyo fits the bill perfectly.

    Two years is preferable, but I’d also be cool with two and an option, since he’s basically never had any injury problems. I don’t know why this guy gets hated on as much as he does. He obviously has sound pitching mechanics and keeps himself conditioned for the long grind of the season. He knows what it takes to make all his starts, so maybe he can impart some guidance to the young staff he’ll be joining.

    And it’s not like those innings are complete garbage or anything, so IDK where that narrative came from. You don’t stay in the league as long as he has, putting up solid ERAs and double-digit wins year after year by sucking. Plus, Citi Field will suppress the flyballs he tends to give up.

  5. mtr75 - Nov 30, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    He’ll only be better coming over to Citi Morgue from the Great American Smallpark. Maybe the Mets really are going to spend a little money this offseason? I’ll still believe it when I see it.

  6. chill1184 - Nov 30, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    Someone is lying

    For the record I hate both Rubin and Lennon so it’s a coin toss

  7. metalhead65 - Dec 1, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    it will be a nice move for the mets. besides the innings he will provide leadership for a young staff. just make sure you have someone warming up after the fifth inning or at least loosing up in the pen. when he loses it it goes like right now! also if he gets lit up early that and he has at least 1 game a month where he does take him out when it starts, it will not get any better. that was something dusty could never figure out and his ERA was at least 1 run higher because of it.if he has given up 4 runs in 3 or less it is not going to get better but baker left him in to get that extra inning out or 100 pitches out of him.

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