The Los Angeles Dodgers have been linked to Bronson Arroyo all offseason, and with pitchers and catchers scheduled to report today, it is looking as though Arroyo is down to two teams: the Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks
Jim Bowden of ESPN made the report that Arroyo has narrowed down his choices — which now excludes the Baltimore Orioles — leaving only the two division rivals competing for his services.
Arroyo is said to be seeking a two-year deal worth approximately $22 million. The contract demands seem completely reasonable for a pitcher who has proved to be extremely durable over the past nine seasons. In that time, Arroyo has logged at least 199 innings every season.
Having a durable option such as Arroyo makes sense for the Dodgers, who have questions at the back end of their rotation. While Dan Haren looks like a sensible choice for the fourth starter, there are no guarantees that he will be as effective as he was down the stretch for the Washington Nationals during the 2013 season. Josh Beckett is said to be healthy, but his effectiveness may be in decline and his health remains a concern. Chad Billingsley will not be ready until mid-June, and Zach Lee is untested at the big league level.
Arroyo may prove to be a nice fit for the Dodgers, and Dodger Stadium may be an ideal place for a control pitcher that has been prone to giving up home runs. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN added that Arroyo may know at the end of the day where he will be heading.
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