Friday, February 24, 2012

Bronson Arroyo turns 35

A happy birthday goes to Reds right-hander and 12-year veteran Bronson Arroyo today. The native of Key West, Florida is celebrating his 35th year of existence.

One thing Arroyo may be wishing for as he blows out his candles today is a better individual season than last. He surrendered a club record 46 homers and a league-leading 112 earned runs in '11 -- all equaling his highest single-season ERA total since 2001 (5.07).

Unless things get real bad on the mound expect him to go out and pitch every fifth day regardless. This is due to the $12M he's set to receive this season and $11.5 in 2013. You just don't pay somebody that kind of money and then not play 'em, so barring injury or catastrophic events no. 61 will be out there.

Bronson is 79-72 with a 4.14 ERA in six career seasons (spanning 201 starts) with the franchise. He's developed a reputation for being an innings-eater as well, averaging 214 IP per season throughout his tenure in the Queen City.

His contract expires at the conclusion of the '13 campaign.

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