Friday, February 7, 2014

Report: Bronson Arroyo to sign with Diamondbacks

After a long offseason full of tireless speculation, the Bronson Arroyo saga might be over, as Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports is reporting that the right-hander and the Arizona Diamondbacks have reached a deal.

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com corroborated Rosenthal's report by reporting the contract includes two guaranteed years with a club option for a third.

Arroyo, who will turn 37-years-old later this month, entered the winter demanding a three-year deal, but as the market began to crumble around him, eventually so did his expectations.

Arizona's signing of Arroyo officially closes the book on his career as a Reds. After coming to Cincinnati via trade prior to the 2006 season, Arroyo epitomized the definition of consistency and durability, avoiding the disabled list for all eight years he word a Reds uniform. He won double digit games in every season except two and posted a 21.5 WAR throughout that span.

An innings eater if there ever was one, Arroyo's presence in the rotation will certainly be missed. Sophomore Tony Cingrani will be called upon to take his place in the rotation. If Cingrani can perform anywhere near the level that Arroyo did, he and the Reds will be in excellent shape.

Best of luck to Arroyo in Phoenix.

Update: According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com, Arroyo will receive $9.5 million in 2014, $9.5 million in 2015, and is guaranteed a $4.5 million buyout on an $11 million team option for 2016.

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