Monday, January 13, 2014

Is Bronson Arroyo sweepstakes heating up?


It's been a long and cold winter for Bronson Arroyo as it pertains to free agent contract negotiations.

It's the middle of January and the veteran right-hander has still yet to find a team to pitch for in 2014. However, that fact could soon change if a report by Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo can be believed.

According to Cafardo, "action was picking up" on Arroyo last Friday, as two new teams jumped into the mix to inquire about the native Floridian's services. Those two teams are reportedly the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies.

The Minnesota Twins, Pittsburgh Pirates, Baltimore Orioles, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Reds have all been linked to Arroyo at one point this offseason, too. But it appears the Yankees, Phillies, and Twins are the frontrunners to land him at this juncture.

Cafardo writes that Arroyo was still seeking a third year on a potential deal, which is possibly to blame for Arroyo's inability to latch onto a club yet, but also reported that one unnamed team was "moving closer" to appeasing Arroyo's demand for a trio of years. This could be worked out to mean either as a straight up third year or a vesting option.

It remains to be seen which club finally inks Arroyo to a deal to his liking. But there is no denying that a team eventually will. Well, or Arroyo will get anxious enough to settle for a little less than he desired.

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