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Bronson Arroyo: not too happy to be unemployed at the moment

Jan 29, 2014, 4:38 PM EDT

Jayson Stark spoke with Bronson Arroyo about not having a job a couple weeks from spring training starting:

 

On the one hand it is sorta crazy that a guy like Arroyo doesn’t have a job yet. He doesn’t have a qualifying offer attached to him, so it’s not going to cost any team a draft pick to sign him. He’s durable. He’s still useful, even at his age. And when you realize how, like, two weeks into every season there are multiple teams who have starting rotation issues, the idea that a perfectly decent one is sitting there is kind of hard to get your head around.

On the other hand, you sorta sound like this right now, Bronson:

Seniority matters for some stuff in baseball, friend, but it doesn’t make you something you’re not. And given that you’re not laden with the comp-pick issue and stuff, perhaps this is just a function of you and your agent miscalculating your value a bit? Maybe? Hmm?

  1. AlmostForty - Jan 29, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Thirty-seven year-old pitcher does not understand why teams will not pay him $10M a year until he’s forty. Blames Japan.

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 29, 2014 at 6:23 PM

      maybe Tanakas old team in Japan will sign him for 155 mil, you never know.

    • esracerx46 - Jan 29, 2014 at 6:35 PM

      How do you know he wants 10 mil a year? I haven’t heard of him rejecting any offers. I’d be a little upset too if I was in his shoes. Age is a factor, but I think his history of attitude problems is more of a factor.

      • paperlions - Jan 29, 2014 at 7:46 PM

        Every rumor or source that discusses Arroyo says that teams have offered 1 or 2 years but he hasn’t signed because he is waiting for a 3rd year. He has no history of attitude problems…he’s just asking for too many years and dollars….just like Santana, and Jimenez, and Cruz, and Morales…..all of the guys that miscalculated their markets for guys with their age/skill.

      • jm91rs - Jan 29, 2014 at 10:01 PM

        I’ve never heard a word about attitude problems from him. I’ve heard how the young pitchers learn about nutrition and preparation from him. I’d think his ability to be effective without velocity is a strength at this age. I have a feeling he’s sitting on a 2 year deal with the reds and they’re letting him try to get 3 somewhere. My gut says he’ll get two and he’ll still be a better than average back of the rotation quality pitcher when he’s looking at his next deal. The guy can strike people out with 80 mph junk, he’s gonna be around as long as Jamie Moyer was.

  2. lanflfan - Jan 29, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    Perfect video clip. Get over yourself Arroyo.

  3. senioreditor2 - Jan 29, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Lower your price, you’ll get signed…..pretty simple

  4. cackalackyank - Jan 29, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    Yeah its sorta like selling a house. If it doesn’t go for @93% of what you are asking…time to lower the asking price.

  5. musketmaniac - Jan 29, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    yea lower it to $30,000 an inning now your affordable

  6. scyankee64 - Jan 29, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    If Burnett doesn’t sign with the Pirates, They’ll make him an offer.

  7. tfbuckfutter - Jan 29, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    Get a haircut.

    • scyankee64 - Jan 29, 2014 at 5:43 PM

      The Yankees probably made him an offer that included a haircut.

    • 18thstreet - Jan 30, 2014 at 7:22 AM

      I miss the cornrows from the 2004 playoffs. Those were awesome.

  8. musketmaniac - Jan 29, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    I don’t think the pirates need anymore starting pitching, although there is no such thing as too much. first baseman were short on.

    • scyankee64 - Jan 29, 2014 at 5:55 PM

      I don’t follow the Pirates closely, so you might be right, but they’ve indicated that they would sign Burnett if he doesn’t retire. I just figured that meant they wanted a veteran in the rotation.

  9. xjokerz - Jan 29, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    is Arroyo really comparing himself to a 25 year old prodigy?

    thats funny.

    • tuberippin - Jan 30, 2014 at 3:04 AM

      Arroyo fared better than Daisuke Matsuzaka did…

  10. nymets4ever - Jan 29, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    Imagine if the management at your work went crazy over this hotshot kid straight out of college, showering him with a signing bonus the size of your yearly salary and a company car before he’s even set foot in the building for Day One of work. Meanwhile you’ve had your nose to the grindstone for this company for ten years, putting in long hours, finishing lots of important projects, yet everyone takes you for granted. Your requests for a raise are laughed off. All you have to show for your hard work and dedication is the occasional atta-boy. I’d say Arroyo has every right to be ticked off.

    • xjokerz - Jan 29, 2014 at 6:48 PM

      lol……. if the hot shot kid has more potential than you…what do you expect…….

      this is MLB, not the real world, seems like youre speaking from experience….

    • Jeremy Fox - Jan 29, 2014 at 7:01 PM

      Well, if you’re working in an industry in which much of the job involves physical skills that fade over time, and if the “kid” is not straight out of college but rather a topnotch young-but-experienced employee from a top Japanese company…maybe you aren’t really entitled to be ticked off.

    • tfbuckfutter - Jan 29, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    • zzalapski - Jan 30, 2014 at 1:36 AM

      Arroyo has a World Series Champion ring and over $70 million in career MLB earnings. Yeah, everyone takes him for granted.

      He’s no Willy Loman. Your analogy is terrible.

  11. gibbyfan - Jan 29, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    “forget about guys like me, who have done the job for the last eight or 10 years…………………yea and been damned well compensated for it. It’s like a somebody who won the 100 million dollar lottery and complains when the payments dry up

  12. musketmaniac - Jan 29, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    yea we love to have Burnett back. was good dugout guy. And Arroyo was once a bucco so its possible. obviously I don’t know what management is thinking. Bottom line is if the season started today our rotation is a strength.

  13. jimmywho14 - Jan 29, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    37 years old? Quick someone tackle Ruben before he throws a couple million at him

  14. musketmaniac - Jan 29, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    He’s an inning eater, He’ll find work. I thought once the asian kid signed, the dominoes would fall quicker

  15. weaselpuppy - Jan 29, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    This is akin to the 50 yr old executive admin who was maybe a 7 at her best in the day hating the smoking hot new secretary hire…

    • 18thstreet - Jan 30, 2014 at 7:26 AM

      s it 1982 where you work?

  16. twinfan24 - Jan 29, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    It may just be Arroyo’s last contract, so I can see why he would want to get as many years as possible. But, he is well past his prime and will almost definitely have a drop off in the next few years. Teams would likely give him good money for one year, or two, as you aren’t on the hook for as much money total. But, if he is really holding out for 3 years, he either needs to drop the money per year or just accept that he is too old to command that long of a contract. He’s made over $70 million in his career, it seems like he should be more worried about finding a solid team instead of chasing the most money.

    • gloccamorra - Jan 29, 2014 at 11:03 PM

      The drop off has already occurred at his age, mostly velocity, but not effectiveness. Pitchers who can get guys out consistently at his age are probably good for another 3-4 years. For the most consistent pitchers, the wall is hit at 41 or 42. It’s still a risk, though, and the years, not the dollars, are probably the problem.

  17. losanginsight - Jan 29, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    It must be his ridiculous leg chop kick. I would hate to see him in Dodger Blue every 5 the day.

  18. hardkor07mn - Jan 29, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    I still wouldn’t mind a 1-2 year deal with the twins. Their rotation still needs some help and I think arroyo can still eat up some innings. I wouldn’t give him $10 mill a year though.

    • tuberippin - Jan 30, 2014 at 3:06 AM

      The Twins have enough #4-#5 starters. Enough that they don’t have room in their rotation for all of them and their mediocrity. No need to bring another one on board.

  19. sawxalicious - Jan 30, 2014 at 1:14 AM

    Reality for Arroyo is that he is at the age where most MLB careers end or skills simply diminish to the point where they can no longer compete. I think Arroyo is blessed to be able to still compete at his age. Younger guys (mostly) get the longer-term deals. If Arroyo is able to produce each year, there will be a team willing to give him a spot. Teams simply don’t want to take the risk of a long-term contract that comes with an older pitcher. He has been relatively healthy his whole career, but when we get older, the risk of injury and physical skills diminishing gets higher and higher. I agree with an earlier comment saying Arroyo may be the next Jamie Moyer, getting satisfactory results with guile, grit, and experience when the physical abilities drop off. I think it’s a good idea for him not to purchase any real estate in the cities he plays in the next few years, as he’ll likely bounce around on one or two year deals.

  20. foreverchipper10 - Jan 30, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    I thought he would fit great in Seattle. Then they signed Scott Baker. That said, he would still fit in great in Seattle. Slot him as the #4.

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