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Twins “remain strongly interested” in Bronson Arroyo

Dec 15, 2013, 10:17 AM EDT

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Even after signing free agents Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes to multi-year contracts and re-upping with Mike Pelfrey, the Twins are still trying to make improvements to a starting rotation that ranked last in the majors in 2013 with a hideous 5.26 ERA. The Astros finished second-worst with an ERA of 4.81.

This comes from Mike Berardino, the lead Twins beat writer at the St. Paul Pioneer Press:

Arroyo turns 37 years old in February and has averaged just 87.2 mph on his fastball over the last two seasons, but he’s one of the most durable starting pitchers in baseball and can junkball his way to productive results. Arroyo registered a 3.79 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 202 innings this past season for the Reds.

  1. Cris E - Dec 15, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    This is silly.

    As bad as the Twins’ pitching was last year, there are a couple guys they probably shouldn’t be blocking like this. Arroyo will probably be better than Deduno or Gibson this year, but there’s no reason to leave exactly zero slots available for all the potential players for 2015+ to audition.

    • racksie - Dec 15, 2013 at 9:36 PM

      All these guys the Twins have signed have as much meltdown potential as anyone else the Twins may have started. I don’t feel that anyone is blocked at this point.

  2. metalhead65 - Dec 15, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    please please sign him as soon as possible before the reds change their minds and resign him. he was a true professional and always gave his best for the reds but it is time to move on.

  3. mnwildfan15 - Dec 15, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    Watch them bring Johan back too.

  4. mmeyer3387 - Dec 15, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    I disagree with those that view Arroyo as to old. He could help a lot of teams if he is willing to take a 1 – 2 year contract at a fair price. He brings more to the table then most realize. While he may not be a great pitcher, he is very consistent and eats lots innings by going deep into games. Additionally, he contributes a lot of quality starts, along with being a good guy to have in the locker room. These factors make Arroyo a good pick-up.

  5. imaginesuperbowlwin - Dec 15, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    2014 world champs! Kirby would be proud.

  6. southofheaven81 - Dec 15, 2013 at 10:56 AM

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