While the Arizona Diamondbacks have already moved Trevor Cahill and Randall Delgado from the starting rotation to the bullpen, what they will do with Bronson Arroyo is still a question that needs to be answered. After yet another horrendous outing against the Chicago Cubs on Monday night, Arroyo currently sports a 9.50 ERA. He has been arguably Arizona’s worst starter this season, and is certainly not helping the team improve on its league worst 5.70 ERA.
While normally starting a season with this kind of dreadfulness would warrant a move to the bullpen, or even a demotion to the minor leagues, Arroyo just signed a two-year, $23.5 million deal this offseason. He was signed in hopes that he would be the missing piece to a team with playoff aspirations; this has clearly not been the case thus far. With this contract, it will be hard for Arizona to justify moving him out of the rotation this quickly. Add his proven track record, and it seems likely that he will stay right where he is. Whether or not he deserves to keep starting is another question entirely.
With Cahill pitching so well out of the pen, he could warrant a move back in to the rotation, and it is just a question of who would be moved out of the rotation to make room for him. Whether it is Arroyo or rookie Mike Bolsinger, change could be coming soon.
The presence of top prospect Archie Bradley also poses an interesting question for Arizona. While he has not been pitching up to his normal standards so far this season, he does currently have a 3.31 ERA, and would likely be an improvement over most of the rotation. It is doubtful that he will be called up this early in the season, however, as the Diamondbacks’ front office has been adamant in their stance that he needs more seasoning in the minor leagues.
Whatever Arizona decides to do, it will not change the fact that this is one of the worst teams in baseball, and while they may have the pieces to contend in the near future, this is certainly not the year for them.