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Twins “making a push” for Bronson Arroyo

Dec 9, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

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Minnesota has been linked to Bronson Arroyo all offseason and today the free agent right-hander told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com that the Twins, Phillies, and Angels were among the teams he’s had talks with.

And now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Twins are “making a push” for Arroyo with “talks gaining momentum.”

Arroyo certainly fits the Twins’ usual pitching mold in that he’s a low-velocity strike-thrower who serves up a lot of homers, but it’s somewhat surprising that Minnesota continues to pursue him so strongly even after signing Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes for a combined $73 million. Of course, with a payroll around $80 million right now the Twins certainly still have plenty of money to spend and their rotation has been the worst in baseball for the past two seasons.

  1. missthemexpos - Dec 9, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    The Twins have finally opened up their wallet and now they can’t close it!

  2. illogic87 - Dec 9, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    I dont really like Arroyo’s style of pitching, but as a Twins fan I am happy to see the team making moves in FA. Its been really tough to watch two years in a row of the worst pitching in the MLB. Nw Terry Ryan just needs to forget about arbitration eligibility and send up Sano to the bigs! Maybe Buxton too :P

  3. sknut - Dec 9, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    As a Twins fan I would be ‘OK’ with this. It makes it a lot easier to swallow since they have signed Hughes and Nolasco, but I don’t think they should feel the need to go crazy on Arroyo.

  4. pastabelly - Dec 9, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    I like Arroyo and, for his sake, hope he stays in the National League and a very large park. He is not meant for the AL, at least at this stage of his career.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 9, 2013 at 4:23 PM

      Would the Twins park being bigger than the Reds offset him having to face a DH? Seems like a fair swap.

      • racksie - Dec 9, 2013 at 11:31 PM

        Great American Ballpark have up the second most HR’s in a league without the dh. And the Twins had historically bad pitching. He will be better at Target Field.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 10, 2013 at 11:05 AM

        It seems that a front three of Nolasco, Arroyo and Hughes would still allow for two spots for the Twins “developing” pitchers, while giving the team at least an air of respectability. Arroyo for 2 years and Hughes for 3 will not block prospects who prove their worth.

        I don’t think any MLB team should be prioritizing “looking at their prospects” as a goal in the off-season. Teams should be using the off-season to try to build a roster that can win during the season. If that plan goes sideways during the season, by all means, look at your kids. I grow weary of teams throwing in the towel before the season even starts though.

    • racksie - Dec 9, 2013 at 4:27 PM

      Target Field was ranked 27 in MLB in homers allowed last year. Which is actually a bit skewed considering the Twins pitching ranked tenth in MLB in homers alllowed. That may a a bit off statistically speaking because that includes home and a way, but the point is, Target Field is good for guys who give up home runs, becasue it plays very big.

  5. hansob - Dec 9, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    please don’t give him more than 2 years.

  6. sometogethernow - Dec 9, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    No.
    Why?

    They’ve already signed a better version of the durable strike-thrower profile in Nolasco and further bolstered their rotation with Hughes. It’ll take a shorter commitment to get Arroyo but not much less money than it took to get Hughes.

    I get that their rotation has been terrible, but they’ve already stabilized it considerably with two signings, and at this point the main effect of adding another mediocre free-agent starter will be to start blocking younger guys who deserve a longer look.

  7. mianfr - Dec 9, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Save some bad pitchers for the rest of us.

  8. fmlizard - Dec 9, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Arroyo, Nolasco, Hughes.

    Terry Ryan would have had a nice roto staff in 2009. Coincidentally the last time the Twins updated their scouting reports.

  9. bigdaddy44 - Dec 9, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    At this stage of his career, Arroyo is more suited to the National League. Arroyo. has been a great in his role as a middle of the rotation innings eater since being traded to the Reds. We could have used him in Boston all those years if Theo “the genius” hadn’t traded him after 2004. Another one of Epstein’s brilliant moves brought the Red Sox the heart and soul of their team, Willy Mo Pena for Arroyo. Bronson was loved and respected in Boston, and still is missed by some. Epstein and Pena are gone and rightly so. (No disrespect intended towards you, Willy. Disrespect toward Epstein intended!)

  10. byjiminy - Dec 9, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    I finally believe — this front office really IS dedicated to creating a .500 team!

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