Bronson Arroyo Is Arizona Bound After Inking New Deal
The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed Bronson Arroyo to a two year, $23.5 million deal, with a club option for the third year. He will earn $9.5 million in his first two years, and then $11 million in his third – if the Diamondbacks pick up the option – if they don’t, they will pay a $4.5 million buy-out. With Arroyo not attached to any draft pick compensation, it automatically made him more desirable than Ervin Santana and Ubaldo Jimenez to Arizona.
Arroyo will turn 37 in February, but has proved his durability by pitching at least 199 innings in each of his last nine seasons. Last year he was excellent finishing 2013 with 2o2 innings pitched and 124 strike outs. He compiled an ERA of 3.79 and a 14-12 record. His fitness and durability are not an issue for the 36 year old, however, Arroyo did give up 32 home runs last year. A total which could well increase in Chase Field considering the number of fly balls he gives up.
With Arroyo now in the roster, the rotation is set to be made up of; Patrick Corbin, Bronson Arroyo, Wade Miley, Brandon McCarthy and Trevor Cahill. It isn’t quite at the standard of the Los Angeles Dodgers but does give Arizona a chance of advancing into October. Top prospect Archie Bradley could now start the year in the minors.
The deal pushes the Diamondbacks payroll over $100 million for the first time since 2002. Having already signed Addison Reed and Mark Trumbo this off-season, Arizona’s want to play post-season baseball is clear with the financial commitment they have made this off-season.
With Arroyo, Masahiro Tanaka and Matt Garza now all off the board, the remaining free agent pitchers should follow suit. With the Toronto Blue Bays, Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians and Pittsburgh Pirates among others, all in need of pitching help, we shall see if the remaining dominoes fall.