On the first day of the 2013 Winter Meetings, it appeared the Minnesota Twins were all but guaranteed a deal with starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo. The fact that the Cincinnati Reds appeared to want nothing to do with him made the Twins that much more confident. Unfortunately, the Reds have decided that they don’t want the right-hander to leave town before they make an offer.
“Is trade of a #Reds starter looming? Arroyo’s agent, Terry Bross, met with team today, says he is expecting offer,” Fox Sports senior baseball writer Ken Rosenthal tweeted.
It’s no secret that the Twins really want Arroyo’s services for the next few years. It’s not even that he is that good of a pitcher. It’s more of the fact that Minnesota has one of the worst starting rotations in the American League and need to improve it immediately or watch another season wash down the drain.
The reason the Twins want to sign Arroyo is because he is a great team player who will do whatever it takes to help everyone around him get better. Not to mention, his 0.89 ground ball to fly ball ratio is something worth having on staff. 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 gone at least 200 innings in every season since 2005, with the exception of his 199 innings in 2011.
Rosenthal’s question is a valid one. If the Reds do indeed make an offer to Arroyo and he accepts they will be in a bit of a pickle. The reason is because their starting rotation is at max capacity. There’s the possibility that Cincinnati decides to trade Homer Bailey in which case Minnesota could still have a shot at a starter.
At this point, it all depends on how hard the Twins push for Arroyo. It would certainly be rough losing out on him now after they felt they had a great shot at signing him.