Will Somebody Please Sign Bronson Arroyo Already?

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Enough is enough.

Masahiro Tanaka is signed, there are still a multitude of teams that need starting pitching help, and pitchers and catchers report in two weeks. My question for MLB general managers is this:

What’s the hold up?

Bronson Arroyo isn’t flashy. He’s never thrown 95 (or 90 these days for that matter), he doesn’t have overpowering stuff, and he’s not going to be the ace of your rotation.

But the man can flat out pitch. He changes speeds, keeps hitters off balance, and throws strikes. His BB/9 over the last two seasons is an elite 1.5.

Arroyo has also thrown at least 199 innings in each of the last nine seasons. Matt Garza, Ubaldo Jimenez, and Ervin Santana have accomplished that feat nine times in their careers combined.

I understand Arroyo isn’t a spring chicken at 36-years-old, but the other free agents starting pitchers on the market aren’t exactly in their primes, either. All three are past their 30th birthdays.

Garza in particular has reportedly been offered a four year/$52 million contract by the Milwaukee Brewers, despite the fact he’s made just 42 starts over the last two seasons. Arroyo has 41 quality starts over the last two seasons, and just two less (22) than Phillies ace Cliff Lee had in 2013.

Sorry, but for four years/$52 million, I want my pitchers to actually, well…pitch. Whether they throw 87 or 97.

What’s even more confusing, Arroyo won’t take that kind of investment, either. He’s been asking for a reasonable two year agreement in the $20-$25 million range all offseason, while Garza, Jimenez, and Santana have been seeking unfathomable annual salaries in the $15 to $18 million range.

The Dodgers, Orioles, Angels, and Giants have all been linked with Arroyo this offseason, with the Orioles and Angels showing increased interest of late. All seem like logical fits.

So my message to those teams is this:

Stay away from those other three, sign Arroyo, and enjoy having a staple in your rotation for the next two years that’s going to keep you in ball games and give you a chance to win every time he takes the mound.

Let the race begin.

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