Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Bronson Arroyo will be sorely missed by Reds


The Cincinnati Reds have gone through quite a few starting pitchers in the last eight years, but one constant in their rotation has been Bronson Arroyo. Although the national media and even fantasy baseball owners often overlook him, the organization understands how much he has meant to the franchise. As he hits free agency and fields offers from numerous teams not named the Reds, it appears the Arroyo era is over in the Queen City.

When a fantasy baseball guru crunches Arroyo’s numbers, he appears on paper to be an average or slightly above average pitcher. He only made one All-Star team during his tenure in Cincinnati, and his only other major award was a Gold Glove in 2010. However, what made the soon-to-be 37-year-old valuable to the Reds was his durability. Simply put, he could be penciled in as a starter every fifth day without a fear of injury. He never made fewer than 32 starts in a season, and while his 105-94 record with a 4.05 ERA might not be outstanding, he got the job done.

On paper, Arroyo should not be having the success he has had in his career. He is a right-handed pitcher with average velocity and average stuff. He relies on location and changing speeds to have success, and that is really all you can ask out of a middle to back of the rotation type of pitcher.

Another thing that doesn’t show up in a category in fantasy baseball is his ability to be a good teammate. In fact, most simply overlook this at the MLB level, but having a veteran pitcher in the locker room can be beneficial for younger players coming up through the system. Pitchers such as Johnny Cueto, Aroldis Chapman and other have all commented on Arroyo’s assistance in the past.

With a number of suitors looking to add a veteran pitcher to their staff, Cincinnati and Arroyo have unofficially already parted ways. It was a good run for the right-hander with the Reds, and the team will have to be creative when it comes to fully trying to replace him on the roster.

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