The New York Mets are getting ready to get their feet back into free agency with more financial flexibility. There is already talk that with Matt Harvey out for next year with Tommy John surgery that the Mets might bring back Johan Santana on a low-risk deal. That would be a great idea but there might be another pitcher out there who would make sense, Cincinnati Reds right-hander Bronson Arroyo.
Arroyo, who will be 37 in February, isn’t exactly a sexy name but he is coming off of a very nice season with the Reds that saw him go 14-12 with a 3.79 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 124 strikeouts in 202 innings. Arroyo did give up a league-leading 32 home runs but that is a number that would surely go down playing in Citi Field.
Nobody would be asking Arroyo to step in at the top of the rotation, merely to give the Mets quality innings at the back-end of the rotation. Arroyo is certainly capable of doing that. What’s more, Arroyo has already gone public stating that he hasn’t heard anything from the Reds but he doesn’t expect to receive a qualifying offer. That could make him more attractive to several teams who don’t want to surrender a draft pick. Any bidding war that does take place likely won’t get out of control as we are talking about a 37-year-old pitcher who did lead the league in home runs given up.
Plugging Arroyo into the rotation behind Dillon Gee, Zack Wheeler and Jon Niese would be an upgrade over someone like Daisuke Matsuzaka who is a contender to be brought back right now.
Given the potential price, the potential production and the short-term commitment getting Arroyo to round out the back of the rotation wouldn’t be a bad idea.