Bronson Arroyo is one of the oldest starting pitchers on the open market and that simple fact might be what’s keeping MLB teams from taking a well-calculated risk on Arroyo. With that being said, it’s just a matter of time before one team caves and decides to pull the trigger on the aging yet successful starter. Thankfully for Arroyo, that time might be now as the Texas Rangers are hurting for some sort of stability on the mound after Friday’s news.
In 2013, the Texas pitching staff was actually one of the best in baseball. In fact, the Rangers were one of just a handful of teams to finish with a top-10 pitching staff in terms of ERA, total earned runs and wins. Unfortunately for Texas, Derek Hollard was a big reason why, and underwent a knee surgery on Friday that is likely to keep him out of action until the middle of July. This is crushing news for the Rangers as Holland was undoubtedly the team’s top left-handed pitcher. Holland is a complete work horse and his team-leading 213 innings pitched will be hard to replace for the first half of 2014.
Moving forward, Texas is going to need an innings-eater kind of pitcher and Arroyo is just that. Besides, this starting pitcher has been in a Cincinnati Reds‘ uniform over the last eight years, meaning he knows what it’s like to pitch in a small ballpark.
So while Holland’s injury definitely stings, the blow will surely be softened if the Rangers can pull a few strings to bring Arroyo south.