Last week, Bronson Arroyo's name was finally crossed off the list of available free agent pitchers when the Arizona Diamondbacks signed the veteran to a two-year deal with a club option for a third.
It was a bittersweet signing for Reds fans, who were happy Arroyo finally inked a contract, but were sad that the contract wasn't with the Reds. All in all, it was a move Reds fans were happy to see.
The same cannot be said for ESPN Insider Keith Law, though. In his piece published on Monday, Law opines that Arizona made a big mistake signing Arroyo to such a "substantial" deal. Among other things, Law criticized Arroyo for being home run-prone, not effective against left-handed hitters, and generally boasting below-average stuff.
While each of these assessments can be argued, I think Law fails to realize the value of consistency and durability Arroyo possesses. Sure, the 37-year-old might land on the disabled list for the first time in his career with Arizona, or he might not be as effective as they would like, but I wouldn't bet against him. Arroyo has defied odds for years, and in my opinion, has proven to be an anomaly when it comes to measuring pitchers.
With that being said, I concede that Law may very well turn out to be right two years from now. If Arroyo struggles or suffers a long-term injury, it will be hard to justify a $23.5 million contract. But I think the odds are in Arroyo's favor to succeed rather than fail.
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