Sunday, December 1, 2013

Report: Mets 'heavily involved' in pursuit of Bronson Arroyo

According to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, the New York Mets are "heavily involved" in the pursuit of free agent pitcher Bronson Arroyo. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson confirmed that he is meeting with the 36-year-old in his Florida home this upcoming week.

Arroyo is rumored to be seeking a multi-year contract worth upwards of $14 million per year. Whether or not he receives his demands is quite another story, though.

New York is in need of a veteran innings-eater to add to their rotation and Arroyo certainly fits the bill. The right-hander has made at least 32 starts and thrown at least 199 innings every year since 2005. Simply put, no pitcher in baseball has been more gritty and reliable over the past decade or so than Arroyo.

Although phenom Matt Harvey is expected to miss the entire 2014 season following Tommy John surgery, the Mets do have formidable starting five built around Jon Niese, Dillon Gee, Zack Wheeler, and other candidates. Arroyo would be expected to come in and lighten the load for the younger pitchers.

Arroyo is in rare company by drawing a meeting from Sanderson this winter. Sanderson has met with just two other free agents this winter: Chris Young and Jhonny Peralta. The team landed Young, but Peralta wound up signing with the Cardinals.

Via Eye on Baseball

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