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Bronson Arroyo’s price comes down

Feb 6, 2014, 9:25 AM EDT

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It’s been a tough offseason for Bronson Arroyo. Pitchers and catchers report in a week and he still doesn’t have a job. This despite the fact that he was not given a qualifying offer by the Reds and thus does not have draft-pick compensation tied around his neck. People just don’t want to give long-term contracts to pitchers in their late 30s, no matter how durable they’ve been over the years.

So he’s going to meet the market. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Arroyo is no longer demanding a three-year deal. Rather, you can have him for two years and $22 million.

That seems like a more than fair price for a guy who will more than likely give you 400 innings of league average pitching over that timespan. Expect him to have a team in short order.

  1. tcostant - Feb 6, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    How about one year for $8M

    • dirtyharry1971 - Feb 6, 2014 at 9:44 AM

      even at that price you can still count out the bluejays, they are on MLB welfare this season

      • km9000 - Feb 6, 2014 at 10:41 AM

        Hey, good luck with the new Tonight Show hosting gig.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:11 AM

        It’s a good thing the Bluejays were not in the conversation and that no one gives a crap.

  2. aziceman - Feb 6, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    He’d be a nice fit in the middle of the D’backs rotation.

  3. stex52 - Feb 6, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Astros should kick the tires or whatever. They are still slow-marching all of their real talent through the minor leagues for 20014-15. He seems like a decent fit, though they may not want to spend that much after getting Feldman.

    • billyboots - Feb 7, 2014 at 12:44 PM

      That’s going to be some slow march: only 18,000 more years until the Astros are competitive!

  4. happytwinsfan - Feb 6, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    if a pitcher is able to throw a lot of innings in the years leading up to his free agent year, he’s proven himself to be durable, and he’s also put on a lot of miles in the mind of potential buyers. ironic.

    • gloccamorra - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:36 PM

      Yup. The last “durable” pitcher was Kevin Brown, who broke down after two years of a seven year contract. The Dodgers were able to pawn him off on the Yankees for the last two years @ $15,714,286 each.

  5. cackalackyank - Feb 6, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    How about that. Bro wants to work.

  6. unclemosesgreen - Feb 6, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    He should dye his hair black and start pitching in the Cuban League under the name “Ronson A. Broyo” and get a fake birth certificate. Then take a ride on a yacht to the Dominican, establish residency, and negotiate a $100 million deal.

    • km9000 - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:18 AM

      But while in the Dominican he’ll find one thing he didn’t expect… true love.

      • unclemosesgreen - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:31 AM

        Yeah yeah – and it turns out her father taught El Duque the splitter.

  7. rockthered1286 - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:12 AM


    …. in 3 more years to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training.

    You heard it here first!

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:31 AM

      OK, I have to admit even I laughed at that.

  8. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    At thirty six, I would either go 1 year at around 11 mil or two years at a lower annual value. I don’t blame teams from shying away from a pitcher in his upper 30s. Even the Orioles are not that desperate. The Dodgers don’t really need him that bad. I could see Arizona stepping up here however.

  9. karlkolchak - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    Sseems fair. Heck, if I were a GM I’d see if he’d be willing to go with a team option for a third year at the same price.

  10. tedwest - Feb 6, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    “400 innings of league average pitching”

    What a great endorsement!

    • stex52 - Feb 6, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      Hey, if you are looking at a fourth starter; or you are the Astros or Cubs, that could be a pretty good deal.

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