There have reportedly been up to as many as 15 teams interested in starter Bronson Arroyo’s talents this offseason. However, the Minnesota Twins appear to have the edge on the first day of the 2013 Winter Meetings, as both sides are moving deep into contract negotiations.
“Sources: #Twins making push for Arroyo, talks gaining momentum,” tweeted Fox Sports senior baseball writer Ken Rosenthal.
It’s no secret that the Twins needed to vastly improve their horrendous rotation if they wanted to be competitive in 2014. After already adding Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes, Minnesota is looking to make the rotation complete with Arroyo.
Many wonder what the hype on Arroyo is considering his 87 MPH fastball has no life and he got lit up at times in 2013. The fact is the right-hander is a great team player who will do whatever it takes to help everyone around him get better. It’s true he won’t rack up the strikeouts, but his 0.89 ground ball to fly ball ratio is something to consider. He also is very consistent with his pitches meaning he will toss 200-plus innings and keep runners off the bases. In fact, he has tossed at least 200 innings in every season since 2005, with the exception of his 199 innings in 2011.
It’s true the long ball has been his arch nemesis throughout his career, which is definitely not something the Twins want to hear. However, the soon-to-be 37-year-old’s 14-12 record and 3.79 earned run average this past season are encouraging statistics. Not to mention, he showed enough diversity in his pitches to get 124 strikeouts and two complete games, including one shutout.