Saturday, December 14, 2013

Report: Reds still in the mix to bring back Bronson Arroyo

Four teams remain in the hunt for Bronson Arroyo.

Entering the offseason, the odds were slim that the Reds would bring back veteran right-hander Bronson Arroyo. After eight seasons in Cincinnati, both the franchise and Arroyo seemed prepared to move on.

As fate would have it, the two sides may be close to reuniting, as the market for the 37-year-old hasn't been as strong as anticipated, giving the Reds a chance to jump back into the mix for the crafty hurler.
According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the sweepstakes for Arroyo has been narrowed down to four teams: the Reds, the Twins, and two unnamed teams. Furthermore, ESPN's Buster Olney also reported Friday evening that the Reds plan to extend Arroyo a one-year offer.
The mere fact Cincinnati is so keen on re-signing Arroyo could be an indication that they are planning on trading one of their current arms this winter. Namely, Homer Bailey or Aroldis Chapman, both of whom would likely bring good value in the event of a deal.

The Reds already have a starting rotation in place in the likes of Bailey, Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos, Mike Leake and Tony Cingrani. So adding Arroyo isn't exactly a necessity. But adding him back to the fold could allow the team to move another player in order to gain another bat or two. Oh, the possibilities.

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