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Arizona Diamondbacks’ Bronson Arroyo to Undergo Season-Ending Tommy John Surgery; Yankees Lose Out on Trade Target

July 8th, 2014 at 11:09 AM
By Doug Rush

With the talks surrounding David Price, Jeff Samardzija, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels, one name that had been talked about for the New York Yankees as far as a trade target had been Arizona Diamondbacks starter Bronson Arroyo.

Arroyo, a durable workhorse pitcher throughout his entire career with experience pitching in the American League East when he was a member of the Boston Red Sox, was a viable trade candidate this month with the Diamondbacks in the bottom of the N.L. West and the Yankees were talked about as a team with potential interest.

But that interest is all but gone now, as it was reported on Monday night that Arroyo's 2014 season is officially over, as he has a full tear of his UCL and will need to undergo Tommy John Surgery to repair it; as per Steve Gilbert of MLB.com.

The 37-year-old Arroyo was pitching to a 7-4 record with a 4.08 ERA with 47 strikeouts in 86 innings and was a model of consistency throughout his entire career as he's tossed over 199 inning plus since 2005 and had eight seasons out of nine with 200-plus innings. Arroyo signed a two-year, $23.5 million deal with Arizona before the 2014 season.

But with Arroyo now being shelved for the season, it takes the Yankees and every other team out of the mix  that wanted to add a reliable trade option that Arroyo was and could have given them if acquired.

With Arroyo now out until next summer, it forces the Yankees to look at the other options like Lee, Price, Hamels or even a lesser option like Ian Kennedy.

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