Despite being the most established starting pitcher on the free agent market; many MLB teams are turning a cold shoulder to the 36-year-old Bronson Arroyo. Put simply, Arroyo’s career numbers are nothing to write home about. However, the Cincinnati Reds would be the first ones to tell you that Arroyo is a winner in every sense of the word.
Unfortunately, baseball doesn’t exactly work that way. Heck, Kyle Lohse won 16 games with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2012 just for the Redbirds to let him enter free agency without hesitation upon season’s end. Believe it or not, Lohse stayed on the open market for just about all of last offseason as the Milwaukee Brewers waited until March 25th, 2013 to sign the starter to a three-year deal.
Needless to say, Arroyo is this offseason’s version of Lohse. And the Arizona Diamondbacks are a team that must steer clear of Arroyo. Sure, a veteran like Arroyo would bring a lot of “veteran leadership” to Arizona, but that doesn’t mean much.
One look at the Diamondbacks’ top prospects and it’s simple to see why Arroyo shouldn’t be in the team’s short-term nor long-term plans. First off, big-time prospect Archie Bradley is expected to break through in 2014 and 2013 first-round pick Braden Shipley is looking to make his mark on the starting rotation in the near future as well.
Some teams would benefit from aquiring a proven winner like Arroyo, but the Diamondbacks are surely not one of them.