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Orioles among teams interested in Bronson Arroyo

Jan 6, 2014, 8:58 PM EDT

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We heard over the weekend that that the Orioles’ top priority was to add a starting pitcher, so it should come as no surprise that ESPN’s Buster Olney names them among the teams interested in free agent right-hander Bronson Arroyo.

Olney writes that contract terms is the big question, but Arroyo won’t cost nearly as much as the likes of Masahiro Tanaka, Ubaldo Jimenez, Ervin Santana, and Matt Garza. The Grant Balfour deal was recently nixed over health concerns, so the Orioles should still have some money to spend.

Arroyo, who turns 37 in February, posted a 3.79 ERA and 124/34 K/BB ratio over 202 innings last season with the Reds. Like most starting pitchers, his market has been pretty quiet recently, but we should see a lot of movement once there’s some clarity with Tanaka.

The Orioles have also been connected to A.J. Burnett this offseason as they attempt to upgrade their starting rotation, but he is still mulling over the possibility of retirement.

  1. hardkor07mn - Jan 6, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Why didn’t the twins sign this guy instead of that donkey Pelfrey?

    • NYTolstoy - Jan 6, 2014 at 9:39 PM

      They most likely didn’t want to commit 3 years and alot more money for the 37 year old. Especially if they can sign up Santana for a year or two…they are not contending this year or next so it is not advised to spend that much money for a borderline number 2.

  2. dirtyharry1971 - Jan 6, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    You can count the bluejays out on this player as well, too expensive for them

    • Old Gator - Jan 6, 2014 at 10:41 PM

      You got anything at all on the other 29 teams? No? Didn’t think so, but I thought you might at least give an enfeebled try to break the endless monotony of your posts.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jan 7, 2014 at 9:25 PM

        If it wasn’t for my posts “the price is right” would be the highlight of your day. Im not bragging that is a FACT

    • dirtyharry1971smissingbrain - Jan 7, 2014 at 7:37 AM

      WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE EMBARRASSING US AGAIN!!!!!??? This is why I left you, you imbecile! Always causing trouble. Our poor mother. You made her suffer. I HATE YOU!!!!!

  3. spudchukar - Jan 6, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    He is not a guy made for Camden Inches.

  4. cackalackyank - Jan 6, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    Interesting to see if this happens. Doubt that even Arroyo signs before Tanaka. Jan. 25th might be quite a day for Starting pitcher signings. On that day the market price for tier one starters will be known quantity. Pretty sure Kershaw will be paying close attention to the news that day, too.

    • Old Gator - Jan 6, 2014 at 10:47 PM

      Yep, the free agent starters look like great white sharks circling a melting ice floe full of bull elephant seals. Last time I saw anything drool so much, there was a Russian physiologist dinging a dinner triangle next to their cage.

  5. Old Gator - Jan 6, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    Don’t your pencilnecked overlords at NBC Corporate have at least one other photo of Arroyo? I mean, he’s been around for a few years now. That can’t be the only one anybody’s ever taken of him. He looks more like a Tae Kwan Do instructor than a pitcher in that shot. Ask them to beef up the graphics budget for you. Between all the ads they’ve trashed this site with, plus all the money they saved by trashing The Weather Channel and replacing it with a garbage dump of reality shows, they must have a few bucks stashed away someplace they can free up for an extra photo or two.

    • contraryguy - Jan 6, 2014 at 11:28 PM

      Except for his early career with the Red Sox, for the most part almost every picture of him on the mound looks the same. Same motion in every one of ’em, which is probably why he’s so durable.

      • Old Gator - Jan 7, 2014 at 8:14 AM

        So get a photo of him from behind. Or from the plate looking outward. Anything. You could photoshop a frilly dress on him and he’d look like a can-can girl.

    • spudchukar - Jan 7, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      Yeah, the Weather Channel is a pet peeve of mine too. Nothing worse than tuning into the TWC during a critical weather event, and being forced to endure the trials and tribulations of ice fishing.

  6. unclemosesgreen - Jan 7, 2014 at 5:14 AM

    Theo Epstein obviously did a lot of great things for the Red Sox. Let me just get that out of the way. 2 W.S. championships and he revitalized the farm system to the extent that he still had significant fingerprints all over the Beards. Thank you Theo.

    That having been said, he suffered a large-scale nervous breakdown in the 2005-2006 offseason. He went from gorilla suit unemployment to the Arroyo trade before spring training. Arroyo for Wily Mo Pena. Ugh. They ended up dumping Wily Mo on the Nats for the wrong Chris Carter. After some extended MLB futility, Pena and Wrong Chris Carter both ended up playing in Japan. Meanwhile, Arroyo just continues to be an out machine and a superior guitar-strumming clubhouse guy. Painful.

  7. sfm073 - Jan 7, 2014 at 5:56 AM

    He will not do well in the AL East.

  8. beachnbaseball - Jan 7, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    The Orioles are “interested in” everybody but they sign scrap. Duquette isn’t fooling anybody. I’ll bet he’s under an Angelos mandate to go through the motions but don’t dare sign any big contracts. It’s a shame because the team was looking poised take the next step forward. The fans deserve better.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jan 7, 2014 at 9:30 AM

      Thank you! Nice to know I’m not the only one who’s noticed this pattern in recent years. Sure they’re interested. The Orioles are those guys who are really interested in your mint condition Willie Mays baseball card, but are only willing to part with two Wally Joyners and a Jason Heyword rookie card.

  9. piero1695 - Jan 7, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Reblogueó esto en Sportivo-Updates.

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