Thursday, January 2, 2014

Report: Twins 'still circling' on Bronson Arroyo

It's January and free agent Bronson Arroyo still hasn't found a team for 2014.

While a handful of teams have been rumored to be interested in the right-hander throughout the offseason, according to Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN, the Minnesota Twins continue to be "circling" on Arroyo.

Aside from talks with Arroyo, the Twins are also "kicking the tires" on free agent Matt Garza, who was actually drafted and made his debut with the Twins before being traded in 2007.

Minnesota has already been extremely busy upgrading their starting pitching this winter. To date, the Twins have signed Ricky Nolasco, Phil Hughes, and Mike Pelfry, each to multi-year and multi-million dollar contracts. There continues to be speculation that they could add yet another free agent pitcher to their rotation, obviously. But it's safe to assume they won't take on two.

Despite being a model of durability and dependability, Arroyo has struggled to find a club willing to meet his contract demands. The Florida native is reportedly seeking a two or three year deal worth in excess of $10 million per season. There had been a report suggesting the Reds were going to make him a one-year offer. However, general manager Walt Jocketty has since come out publicly and said that is not true. In fact, the Reds appear willing and able to move on without Arroyo at this point.

Where does that leave Arroyo then? Time will tell. But it's certainly getting late in the offseason and Arroyo has to be getting a little antsy as the start of spring training is a mere six weeks away.

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