Diamondbacks Sign Bronson Arroyo

The Diamondbacks have been connected to multiple starting pitchers on both the free agent and trade markets this offseason, but it took until early February for the team to reel one in. The team today announced the signing of Bronson Arroyo to a two-year deal with a club option for the 2016 season. Arroyo is reportedly guaranteed $23.5MM in total. He will earn $9.5MM each in 2014 and 2015, and the club has a $11MM option for 2016 that comes with a $4.5MM buyout.


The length and total money in the deal comes in right under the prediction of MLBTR's Tim Dierkes. As Dierkes explained in his profile of Arroyo, the soon-to-be 37-year-old starter's high-floor/low-ceiling profile — combined with his age — made two years and $24MM a good target. Though Arroyo spent much of the off-season looking to add a third guarantee year, he ended up settling in just under the two-year, $26.5MM deal inked last year by Ryan Dempster with the Red Sox.

Arroyo, a client of Terry Bross and Turn 2 Sports Management, has been as consistent and durable a starter as the game has seen in recent years. Since 2004, Arroyo has logged at least 32 starts, logging at least 199 innings in all but the first of those campaigns. His cumulative ERA over that time is 4.10, a mark that he bested in each of the last two seasons (3.74 and 3.79 earned per nine, respectively).

Arroyo succeeds despite offering an 87 mph fastball, which he delivers in less than half of his pitches. He throws three varieties of off-speed pitches: slider, curve, and change. Though Arroyo does not strike out many batters, having hovered in the low-to-mid 5.0 K/9 range in recent seasons, neither does Arroyo hand out free passes. With just 1.2 and 1.4 BB/9 in the last two years, he has maintained a K:BB ratio of better than 3.6 over 2012-13, among the best in baseball. His biggest issue, perhaps, is a tendency to allow the long ball well above the league-average rate, though that is due in some part to spending his last eight years pitching in the homer-prone Great American Ball Park.

Arizona bolsters an already-deep rotation with the signing, which likely means that prized prospect Archie Bradley will not start the year with the big club. Arroyo joins Patrick Corbin, Brandon McCarthy, Wade Miley, Trevor Cahill, and Randall Delgado in the rotation mix.

Despite a fairly busy season on the pages of MLBTR, the Diamondbacks actually had inked just one guaranteed MLB deal (Eric Chavez, one year, $3.5MM) prior to landing Arroyo. Arizona apparently beat out two other clubs to sign the veteran, as the Dodgers and Orioles were also named as finalists for his services. The club had serious interest in adding young, unproven Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka, but instead ends up adding quite a different type of arm in Arroyo.

John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 first reported the deal on Twitter. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com first reported the length and option year (Twitter links). ESPN.com's Buster Olney first reported the financial terms (via Twitter). FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal first tweeted that Arroyo had passed his physical.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

168 Responses to Diamondbacks Sign Bronson Arroyo Leave a Reply

  1. pastlives 1 year ago

    2 of the big names down in the last 2 days, just 6 to go…..

    • Tyler Sekula 1 year ago

      Who are you referring to? Garza signed weeks ago.

  2. Deftones17 1 year ago

    According to John Gambadoro here in AZ, with Rosenthal not giving him credit.

    • BrettLawriesnewesttattoo 1 year ago

      isn’t it possible that two reporters acquired the information independently?

      • Marvin Marshall 1 year ago

        Seeing as Gambo is a local guy that often breaks Dback info, it’s highly unlikely.

      • Deftones17 1 year ago

        Sure it is. But when Gambo breaks the news first and Rosenthal uses “source”, it was Gambo breaking the news.

    • Jeff_Todd_MLBTR 1 year ago

      Thanks for pointing out, edited to give credit to Gambadoro.

  3. Bryan 1 year ago

    Good move for the D-Backs. Should make for a competitive team next season and potentially a wild card birth.

    • Biggens38 1 year ago

      Ah… No! Giants and dodgers in west no one else. Dewd!

  4. Riaaaaaa 1 year ago

    Good for them. I’ll admit I expected the Dodgers to get him but he’s a good fit for the Dbacks. Seemed like it was hard for them to get any of the FA’s they wanted this offseason.

  5. WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 1 year ago

    Good job D-Backs! At this point I’m happy whenever the Dodgers don’t sign someone.

    • Anthony Hughes 1 year ago

      As a Dodger fan I’m thrilled that we didn’t get him. You have to take each case on an individual basis. Flyball pitcher in Arizona, I’m not sure I love the fit for them.

      • Danny Phillips 1 year ago

        He did well enough in the bandbox in Cincinnati

      • Marvin Marshall 1 year ago

        Chase field has been middle of the road for home runs over the last few seasons. Certainly better than the launching pad in Cincy.

        • Anthony Hughes 1 year ago

          Well that’s true. Speaking for the Dodgers’ needs, I didn’t like the fit of a 37-year-old getting a multi-year deal when it’s a finesse pitcher whose best attribute is his ability to log innings. The Dodgers are going to get 230 innings from Kershaw, probably 220 from Greinke, and 200+ from Ryu. Arroyo was going to be their fourth or fifth starter. They have a lot of options between Beckett and Fife and Lee and Stripling and eventually Billingsley. I just didn’t think it would be wise to pay an innings-eater almost $12MM a year for multiple years.

    • IseeyouHanley 1 year ago

      That’s awesome. We love it when the Angels sign players. Pujols, Hamilton, Mulder, Pena, Ibanez etc. Don’t worry.I’m sure the Angels will be just fine. It’s not like Texas, Seattle, or Oakland will be any good this year right?

      • RyanWKrol 1 year ago

        And yet with all the big names on the Dodgers, they were just as terrible in the first half. You won’t see another incredible run like they had after that, and they could’ve easily been just as bad as the Angels throughout the entire season.

      • WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 1 year ago

        How are Beckett Kemp and Crawford doing? The Dodgers would be in the exact same position as the Angels if they weren’t spending almost twice as much.

        • Puig Power 1 year ago

          Now now children.

        • Puig Power 1 year ago

          Now now children.

        • Matt Mccarron 1 year ago

          Kemp has a MVP runner up, Crawford is doing exactly what they expected, and they didn’t even want Beckett in the trade.

          • WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 1 year ago

            Crawford is supposed to post an fWAR of 2.9 for 20 MM? I guess Pujols 2012 was a great season then. As for Kemp he was MVP runner up in 2011.

        • IseeyouHanley 1 year ago

          Beckett is a joke and has been for while. I thought you said you watch Dodger games? What’s wrong with Crawford? Matt Kemp was hurt all season. What’s Albert’s excuse?

          • Matt Mccarron 1 year ago

            Albert was hurt all season too. Whats Hamilton’s excuse?

          • WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 1 year ago

            I will admit Pujols’ decline I didnt see coming, has been a victim of injuries.Hamilton has no plate discipline at all, he never should have been signed.

          • RyanWKrol 1 year ago

            I’d give Hamilton another season, as first year slumps are common with big names switching teams, especially in Angels history. But realistically, I’d be fine with 25 HR / 90 RBI seasons from both since Trout is pretty much the franchise center piece now. I’m fine with 25 HR /90 RBI seasons from them also because the Angels don’t have to keep going out and getting those bats and can focus more on plugging the holes around the big bats, and especially pitching. With Trout, I think they’d still be fine trading Kendrick for more young pitching, letting Blanton and Wells come off the books, and that’s $35 million dollars freed up for 2015, even with the contracts of Pujols and Hamilton. I’ve been told they had all these options in mind when they signed Pujols and Hamilton. So it’s not like they’re just throwing dynamite into the mine and crossing their fingers. I think the Angels should aim toward trading Kendrick and Aybar, build around Trout, Pujols, and Hamilton with young, controllable talent the way they did after they signed Vladdy and Colon. Not just to keep albatross contracts from handcuffing them, but also it’s just a good strategy.

          • RyanWKrol 1 year ago

            Before taking shots at other team’s big signings, you need to look at the contracts of Kemp (can’t stay healthy) and Crawford (not nearly productive enough to justify salary), as well as the fact that Greinke broke his collar bone in the first year of his big contract. AGon isn’t even playing like a big time All-Star anymore. Beckett is done. Hopefully Kershaw works out. He’s my favorite lefty SP. I believe it was PECOTA that projected the Dodgers’ entire starting lineup to have no player better than 4 WAR, but pretty much all of them are projected to be around 4. That’s a Bill James case study, but not with a $200 dollar-plus payroll. There needs to be at least one Trout/McCutchen-type (in terms of production) in there to justify that payroll going into the season.

          • IseeyouHanley 1 year ago

            Taking shots? Who’s taking shots? I was talking about Bronson Arroyo and next thing you know I got Angels fans all over me? That “whokilledtherallymonkey” said “I’m just happy when the Dodgers don’t sign players” Really? Why? The teams aren’t even in the same league. Look dude. It looks like you know a lot about baseball. That’s cool, I love it too. But you’re preaching to the wrong person.

          • Urbano Lugo 1 year ago

            Angels are pathetic and poorly ran. Accept it dude. If and when they come back to relevance, point fingers at other teams “bad contracts”. Angels bandwagon following is the worst.

      • Bromacho 1 year ago

        Jeeze, looks like he struck a nerve.

  6. blank38 1 year ago

    It’ll be interesting to see what he gets salary wise. I expect 12MM per. Not sure they needed it with Delgado and Bradley in the fold but I guess they wanted to cut their risk.

    • Marvin Marshall 1 year ago

      The money was there to be spent. What this does is allow Bradley time to refine in AAA Reno to start the season without any pressure to be rushed up to the bigs to help the team. That is unless he is lights out in spring training. McCarthy is always due for a shoulder injury about June & this signing gives them protection.

  7. Anthony Hughes 1 year ago

    Dodgers were probably just in to drive up the price for the D’backs. I never saw him as a realistic fit for the Dodgers. Very glad they passed. Not that he’s a bad pitcher, I just didn’t like the fit with LA.

  8. Longdistance O'S fan 1 year ago

    Orioles might end up with nobody

    • WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 1 year ago

      They got Jemile Weeks…. poor O’s

    • Riaaaaaa 1 year ago

      I think they get Burnett

    • Piratecaptain27 1 year ago

      They will get someone then fail their physical…… oh wait

      • vtadave 1 year ago

        Red Sox will sign Burnett… 3 years $39 million. Which joke is more tired, mine or yours. :-)

    • mrsjohnmiltonrocks 1 year ago

      I think that was their plan all along……

  9. Tyler Sekula 1 year ago

    2 years and an option.

  10. dieharddodgerfan 1 year ago

    I’m thinking the option year may have been the kicker that put the DBacks over the top.

    Frankly, I think its a good sign for AZ. Bolsters their rotation and keeps Arroyo out of the Dodgers’ rotation.

    • mrsjohnmiltonrocks 1 year ago

      Maybe you’re right, but I don’t see Arroyo as a particularly good fit in Arizona because of their park.

  11. Alex 1 year ago

    Decent signing for the D’backs, but they still need an ace to be able to compete with the better clubs.

  12. WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 1 year ago

    My bet is 2+ Vesting option put them ahead of LAD

  13. Bryan 1 year ago

    They have a club that should be a competitive regular season team. Have to think they’d struggle in the post season with the lack of an ace.

  14. Bryan 1 year ago

    I’m just glad the Dodgers didn’t get him. Don’t want to see the rich get richer.

  15. UltimateYankeeFan 1 year ago

    As a Yankees fan I’m kind of disappointed Arroyo didn’t sign with the Orioles. It would have been fun to see him throw those home run pitches to batters like Ortiz, Beltran, McCann, Bautista and Encarnacion in the AL East.

    • Damon Bowman 1 year ago

      Go and worry about the Yankees finding a couple of infield bodies that can last more than 100 games for ’14 instead of the O’s pitching staff.

      • UltimateYankeeFan 1 year ago

        BTW, my comment had everything to do with the possibility of Arroyo pitching for the Orioles and nothing to do with the Orioles pitching staff.

        • Mitch Augustyn 1 year ago

          The Yankees have decided it is more important to pick up players whose best years are behind them and abandon the farm system. They lost an awful lot out of the starting rotation and bullpen and kept their 39 year old Kuroda. Beltran is good but 37 and injury history; they were better off with Granderson. Now…Sabathia giving up a the most runs in the AL and Kuroda went 14-13 and 11-13 and they never got anyone to replace Cano but a guy the orioles did not even give a contract to. Third base is another sad story.

          • Evan 1 year ago

            You’re right Tanaka’s and Ellsbury’s years are behind them.

            This still has nothing to do with the original point. Arroyo would get smashed in the AL, especially the East. Being an inning eater isn’t always a plus. Look at Blanton. The AL is where inning eaters go to die.

          • Mitch Augustyn 1 year ago

            Tanaka has a lot to prove. Dice K did not work out that well either. Tanaka is no Yu Darvish either. Baseball players best years come at age 27 or younger more often than not Ellsbury is 30 and has hit 10 hrs once. To win you need pitching and the Yankees lost a lot more than they got back. Yankees had to do something to bring back the fans after 4 straight years of declining attendance. Yankees are again a team of older players. Teixiera is in decline and guess we will see how much Jeter plays this year. Only one guy can play DH a game.
            Nova could be the ace of that staff just do not know which guy will show up game to game.

          • UltimateYankeeFan 1 year ago

            My friend can you please provide the link or site where I can read for myself your claim that “Baseball players best years come at age 27 or younger more often than not”.
            I guess then based on your information the Orioles should let Chris Davis walk at the end of this season and NOT tneder him a contract for his final year of arbitration for the 2015 season.since he’ll turn 28 in a month.

          • UltimateYankeeFan 1 year ago

            I guess then based on your understanding of a players best years the Orioles should let Chris Davis walk at the end of this season and NOT tender him a contract for his final year of arbitration for the 2015 season.since he’ll turn 28 in a month.
            Your arbitrary age of 27 when players reach their peak is silly..

          • MB923 1 year ago

            “They lost an awful lot out of the starting rotation and bullpen and kept their 39 year old Kuroda. ”

            The only significant pitcher they lost in their rotation was Pettitte. Hughes is addition by subtraction. I’m sure CC will not have bad a year as he had also (Zips, Oliver and all other sites predict him to have a much better year). Basically they replaced Hughes and Pettitte with Tanaka and a 5th starter (say Pineda or Phelps).

            I also don’t get why you’re using W-L record to judge pitchers.

          • Mitch Augustyn 1 year ago

            Losing Hughes is a consideration because he pitched almost the whole season because they had no one else. Is Tanaka replacing Hughes or Pettitte? Ok records do not matter but when you give up the most runs in the AL he was pretty lucky to have won 14 games. His numbers compare to Joe Saunders you are in trouble. You do not care about records I do not care about predictions. I guess we will see what he has left.

          • UltimateYankeeFan 1 year ago

            Is your contention that Arroyo’s best years are still ahead of him. Since that appears to bet he comparison your comment wants fans to believe.
            BTW I think one can certainly argue that Tanaka, Ellsbury, McCann still have a lot of very productive years a head of them.
            Also just so your not completely in the dark about the Yankees they haven’t lost anything out of the starting rotation: Tanaka replaced Pettitte and either Pineda OR Phelps will replace Hughes as the 5th starter. Those are both pluses at this stage. As for the bullpen the only real loss is Mo and just to put it in perspective Mo was far from a sure thing in the 2nd half of 2013 blowing 6 saves from the All Star break on. Thornton replaces Logan a wash and Joba goes away a blessing in disguise.
            Have I addressed all you misunderstandings about the Yankees.

          • Mitch Augustyn 1 year ago

            The Yankees way over paid in years and in salary per year for McCann. He is a 30 year old catcher who has been in decline the last three years. When did he last catch 130 games? It was 2010. He might have 3 more years left where he is productive. Almost all catchers are long gone in productivity at 33. Munson was done even at 31 before the horrible tragedy, Bench had hung on for his last two season and retired at 33. Yogi Berra was playing left field when he was 33.
            Big names are great for bringing in the fan base but ask the Blue Jays fans two that worked out. Remember the yankee teams that won Championships in the 1990’s they had built up the minor league system and had players that knew their jobs; Luis Soto at Second and Scott Brosius at third. The main ingredient was having great starting pitching. Do you really think they Yankees filled their holes in Pitching going into this season?

      • MB923 1 year ago

        Go and worry about the Orioles pitching staff instead of the Yankees infield.

  16. Longdistance O'S fan 1 year ago

    Now we will see how serious they where about getting someone

  17. IseeyouHanley 1 year ago

    I’m so happy the Dodgers didn’t sign him.

    • MilkMeMore 1 year ago

      i actually agree not sure why others dont feel the same ? #5 spot will be up for grabs and maybe someone steps up big and earns it

    • MilkMeMore 1 year ago

      i actually agree not sure why others dont feel the same ? #5 spot will be up for grabs and maybe someone steps up big and earns it

    • PoseyTheGreat 1 year ago

      And had the dodgers signed him you’d be saying “I’m So happy the Dodgers got Arroyo!” since, he’s a much better option than Beckett/Billingsley in your 5 spot. “I See You Hanley”

      • IseeyouHanley 1 year ago

        Wow!! You read my mind! That’s exactly what I would have done. Man, you are good. Now what number am I thinking of?

        • PoseyTheGreat 1 year ago

          you’re thinking of the # that Hanley is flashing in your photo: 00. it stands for the number of rings he has.

          • IseeyouHanley 1 year ago

            Yes. Yes. And more yes. I can’t believe it! My hats off to you man. Now what animal am I thinking of?

          • vtadave 1 year ago

            Good one. That’ the same number of World Series’ that Ted Williams, Ty Cobb, and Willie McCovey have combined for.

          • PoseyTheGreat 1 year ago

            ok. You can add me to the list since I have zero, too.

          • AZDbacksfan1 1 year ago

            Now now children lets behave.

  18. Jeffrey Beckmann 1 year ago

    Good move, but it’s still going to be tough for the D-Backs to overtake the Dodgers and maybe even the Giants. I also think Colorado will be competitive, and San Diego could be the surprise team of the year. It will be fun watching it all shake out.

    • Tyler Sekula 1 year ago

      Dodgers are their only competition. The Giants have no offense.

      • PoseyTheGreat 1 year ago

        The Giants have no offense? Belt broke out with a .343 BA in the 2nd half, Pence nearly hit 30 Hrs, Posey is Posey. Panda loast 42 pounds and is a great hitter when healthy, Morse is capable of 15-20 hrs. If you’re looking for “no offense” maybe check out a little league t-ball team. If the Giants played at coors, each one of the players would be hitting 30+ hrs. Don’t be fooled by the Huge yard at AT&T and their diminished power #’s.

        • vtadave 1 year ago

          I’m a Dodger fan and I have to agree. I see the Giants being competitive this year, though I question the relevance of Sandoval losing weight. Every spring we hear these types of “Best shape of his life” stories.

          • PoseyTheGreat 1 year ago

            It means he’ll be quicker. With the Bat and in the field. His weight also increases the risk of injury. Either way, I think he is committed to have a big year since he hits Free Agency after the season. We know everyone wants to get paid.

  19. dieharddodgerfan 1 year ago

    I think it signals, more than ever, that the Dodgers are going to go with Beckett and, if not him, then a younger player.

    Says to me that we definitely could see a Zach Lee break camp with the Dodgers. Or maybe its Ross Stripling.

    Or maybe Fife shows he’s healthy again and they go to him.

    Bottom line is it will very likely be an internal option for the 5th spot.

    • Bryan 1 year ago

      With all the money going to Beckett this year I can’t say I blame them. Especially since the 5th starter is essentially useless come post season.

      • dieharddodgerfan 1 year ago

        Also, the 5th starter spot usually can get skipped early on in the season, where there are usually more off days in the schedule.

        So Beckett, or whoever, may actually not have to be relied on much early in the season.

        • vtadave 1 year ago

          Looking at the calendar, it doesn’t appear the Dodgers will need a No. 5 starter until April 19, so yeah.

    • thegrayrace 1 year ago

      I wouldn’t write off Magill, either. He struggled in the majors last season, but he has potential, and his stuff would work out of the bullpen as well. Given the Dodgers schedule, which will result in very infrequent use of the #5 spot in the rotation, he might be the best option. It probably wouldn’t be a good idea to shuffle a guy like Zach Lee or Ross Stripling in and out of the rotation, while Stephen Fife’s stuff isn’t really bullpen material.

    • Matt 1 year ago

      All of those will just keep the seat warm until Billingsley comes back in june or July.

  20. asovermann 1 year ago

    Solid signing. He’s always been a guy to give 200ip of league average ball which is useful for his slot in the roto usually.

  21. AZDbacksfan1 1 year ago

    Cant wait to see the terms of this deal. If its less then his 2/22 mil offer, I’ll call it a win.

    • dieharddodgerfan 1 year ago

      Per Olney, the deal is $9.5M for ’14, $9.5M for ’15 and an $11M option for ’16, with a $4.5M buyout.

      So Arroyo is guaranteed $23.5 mill for 2 years.

      • AZDbacksfan1 1 year ago

        Wouldve been great if that buyout was $3M. Now its kind of hard to swallow. Arroyo’s a great pitcher and all, but not worth 23 million.

        • dieharddodgerfan 1 year ago

          I’m sure the guaranteed money and option were a result of bidding with the Dodgers.

          If it was a straight 2 yr-deal for $19 mill, maybe the Dodgers were willing to go that far. So maybe the DBacks sweetened their offer to get him.

          • AZDbacksfan1 1 year ago

            Oh I’m sure the Dodgers had some influence. They had influence with Tanakas price. And the Dbacks were interested in him too.

  22. Ben Anderson 1 year ago

    9.5m first year, 9.5m second year, 11m option w/ a 4.5m buyout.

  23. Marvin Marshall 1 year ago

    A solid addition. He won’t be spectacular but he will give you 200 innings of above average pitching. It gives the Dbacks protection when McCarthy has his annual June shoulder injury & it allows the Dbacks to not rush Bradley.

  24. Ricky Arwood 1 year ago

    1. Corbin
    2. Arroyo
    3. Miley
    4. Bradley
    5. McCarthy / Cahill / Delgado

    NOT bad at all!!!

    • dieharddodgerfan 1 year ago

      Definitely a solid rotation.

    • Marvin Marshall 1 year ago

      Bradley won’t be in the rotation to start the season.

      Here’s what the rotation will look like:

      • Jeremy Schiff 1 year ago

        Wade Miley is so underrated. I think he should be their number 2

  25. Marvin Marshall 1 year ago

    I really like this deal at that price.

  26. Seems like a bit of an overpay, I’m surprised he got a guaranteed $4.5M buyout. I definitely don’t see his option year being picked up that’s for sure.

    • slasher016 1 year ago

      Don’t be so sure of that, that’s effectively a $6.5M option, which is cheap for just about any effective pitcher.

  27. Leo Ramos 1 year ago

    Brandon McCarthy will be traded for make room to Bradley.
    Keep this Comment.

  28. Leo Ramos 1 year ago

    Well… We don´t have the entire Chocolate. But at least we had a piece.

  29. David Ross Jr. 1 year ago

    IDK! Arroyo will just be taking starts away from Delgado/Bradley….Is it REALLY an Upgrade come year 2-3 of contract! I’m not so sure D-Backs got a better rotation today, just an older one!!!

    • slasher016 1 year ago

      Bradley has never pitched in the majors… you just never know.

  30. TheNextEpstein 1 year ago

    If you are banking on a rotation of 1. Corbin 2. Arroyo 3. Miley 4. Bradley 5. McCarthy/Delgado good luck. That might be good for 3rd best in the division and mediocre overall.

    • Dbacksfan44 1 year ago

      You forgot Cahill and we have a strong lineup that could propel us to a wild card

  31. alexamato 1 year ago

    WOWWW. Never would’ve thought Arroyo would’ve signed for so little..

    Nice move for the Diamondbacks

  32. SanFranPanda 1 year ago

    Good hitter’s eye in Phoenix should help Arroyo leave home games in the 2nd inning.

    • slasher016 1 year ago

      Arroyo has a career 2.69 ERA against the Giants, so they’re not the ones knocking him out in the 2nd inning.

      • slasher016 1 year ago

        He also has a career 3.20 ERA in Chase Field.

      • Matt Mccarron 1 year ago

        Then you have the Dodgers who have 9 guys with play appearences agasint him, who have a .340OBP, San Diego .310, then Colorado kills him. .356/.394/.540.

        • slasher016 1 year ago

          You do realize that a .310 OBP is not very good right? And yeah he struggles in Coors Field, imagine that.

  33. cubs7691 1 year ago

    I’m just happy he’s out of the nl central lol

  34. TyCo21 1 year ago

    I like this deal for the D-backs. A 200+ inning guy year in and year out
    without having to develop or trade for one yourself. This isn’t a type
    of guy that you expect to win cy young awards, but with the obsession of
    pitcher durability these days, this is one guy that you don’t have to
    worry about in that regard.

  35. Lefty_Orioles_Fan
    Lefty_Orioles_Fan 1 year ago

    Well this leaves in my mind Jimenez and Capuano for the Orioles.
    I wonder what they will do if anything!
    D’Backs should have an interesting team.
    NL West is going to be very competitive!

  36. They finally got one! I knew it wasn’t for lack of trying.

  37. Fernando 1 year ago

    Finally… I’m tired of waiting on these pitchers. Hopefully the rest of the free agents will fall like dominoes now.

  38. Mike 1 year ago

    CALLED IT!!!

  39. Evan 1 year ago

    I want to see Trumbo hit some bombs of him in practice. that would be fun.

  40. start_wearing_purple
    start_wearing_purple 1 year ago

    At that price an innings eater like Arroyo is pretty much a bargain. Good move D-backs.

  41. dmm1047 1 year ago

    I’d take Arroyo over Dempster any day.

  42. JaysFan1996 1 year ago

    This is one of those signing where the team is in limbo where they aren’t playoff contenders or tanking, but signing arroyo is one of those things if everyone were to play solid and better than expected; the team can be contenders but if he doesn’t play well it wouldn’t ruin the teams state,

  43. Dave Janeway 1 year ago

    Brilliant sign. he will thrive in the West ballparks. Should be a reliever in the playoffs.

    Love it.

    • Urbano Lugo 1 year ago

      You’re nuts if you think the D-backs, as currently constructed, have ANY chance at making the playoffs. When you’re signing guys like Eric Chavez and Bronson Arroyo, you’re telling your fans…well I don’t know what. But it isn’t a commitment to win, that’s for sure.

      • Marvin Marshall 1 year ago

        You have no idea what you are talking about. The Dbacks didn’t sign any big name FA(s) because their roster was basically set. They filled the positions that weren’t set via trades(Trumbo/Addison). Outside of signing or trading for an ace, there wasn’t much more the Dbacks could do. They went all-in for the only potential ace available & lost out.

        The team as constructed can compete with any team in the NL.

        • Urbano Lugo 1 year ago

          They didn’t sign any big name free agents because no big name free agents want to go there, not because they’re roster is basically “set”. This is a pattern that has manifested over the last few years. So yes, I do know what I’m talking about. Don’t let homerism blind you. This team is just not going to be very good. Outside of Goldy that is. Dude is a beast and the real deal.

          • Riaaaaaa 1 year ago

            I was going to say the same thing about FA’s not wanting to go there. They went HARD after Tanaka, Choo, and Beltran but neither of them wanted to go to Arizona.

          • Urbano Lugo 1 year ago

            Exactly. And that was just this year.

          • Dbacksfan44 1 year ago

            Prado, Corbin, Hill, Reed, Miley, Parra, Trumbo. Those aren’t good players?

      • Matt 1 year ago

        Not a fan of the Dbacks, but you are nuts if you think any team in MLB doesn’t at least have a slim chance of making the playoffs before the start of each season. The Dbacks aren’t exactly the worst team in baseball either.

        • Urbano Lugo 1 year ago

          So the Astros have a shot at the playoffs? Come on man. I understand arguing a point but at least be realistic.

      • Dave Janeway 1 year ago

        I will check out your claim that I am nuts. Thank you. I’ll post back because I know you are concerned.]

        Thanks again.

  44. tackett44 1 year ago

    You’ll be missed in Cincinnati.

  45. Joe Valenti 1 year ago

    Looks like, barring for injury, Delgado and McCarthy will be battling for the #5 spot. Delgado may have options, which would give the edge to McCarthy

  46. Mr_Anderson1017 1 year ago

    Arroyo’s abnormally long legs always freaked me out. Not looking forward to having to watch those things swinging around every 5 days

  47. bobbybaseball 1 year ago

    Nice prediction, Tim.

  48. Quikmix 1 year ago

    Angels seem to be on the outside looking in on these SP signings.

  49. Jose Ochoa 1 year ago

    in the worst division in baseball

  50. RyanWKrol 1 year ago

    It’s easy to say that in hind sight. But there will be pressure on the Dodgers to not get off to that same slow start. The odds of pulling out of a slump like that are slim to none for a very good reason. And your Dodgers are LUCKY they got out of it and made the playoffs. I can tell you right now that if the Dodgers didn’t pull out of it they’d be under a much bigger microscope than the Angels have been the last couple seasons, because they have the game’s highest payroll now. It’s quite possible they’d be the laughing stock of high market franchises. Good thing they pulled out of it though.

  51. IseeyouHanley 1 year ago

    The Angels were beat by the Astros. The worst team in baseball. So are the Angels still playing shadow games or whatever?

  52. Jose Ochoa 1 year ago

    The worst Division in baseball…… non competitive!Its a horrible division anybody can win it i expect the dbacks to come strong and the rockies with tulo and cargo and morneau

  53. Jose Ochoa 1 year ago

    The worst Division in baseball…… non competitive!Its a horrible division anybody can win it i expect the dbacks to come strong and the rockies with tulo and cargo and morneau

  54. RyanWKrol 1 year ago

    10-9 dude. That was the Astros record against the Angels. Big deal! The Rangers were 15-4 against the Angels. That’s the split to be looking at, for both teams. The Rangers themselves could’ve easily been an 85 win team if not for their fluky dominance against the AL West and having a losing record against all other opponents. Plus, if the Astros being 10-9 against the Angels is so important, then explain the Angels 6-0 vs the Tigers.

  55. IseeyouHanley 1 year ago

    That’s cool. Just curious, how do you think the Angels will do this year?

  56. WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 1 year ago

    Solid 3rd place…. but we will have a lot fun getting it. If we win a wildcard all the better!

  57. Jose Ochoa 1 year ago

    i expect them to be compete in the al west were the rangers, A’s and mariners are at…. thats all i want them to be with the best player in baseball mike trout

  58. Matt Mccarron 1 year ago

    Houston Astros got some sluggers, I wouldn’t be surprised if they could 1-up the marlins.

  59. Jose Ochoa 1 year ago

    their projecting them to have the 4th best offense… and not as horrible starting rotation as last year….. bullpen looks better with burnett coming back joe smith, de la rosa and fieri……. well c how it goes everything went wrong last year starting with weaver missing 2 months

  60. RyanWKrol 1 year ago

    Don’t put the A’s and Rangers on a pedestal, especially after the losses of Colon, Balfour, and Holland. It’s an ultra-competitive division and could go to anyone. There’s no more Angels and everyone else in the AL West. It’s gonna be a blood bath.

  61. Matt Mccarron 1 year ago

    4th best offense in what? The NL west? Not even close to the 4th in the NL

  62. RyanWKrol 1 year ago

    Plus, removing Blanton and Hanson from the rotation adds wins by default. The collective ERA of the current 5 starters in the rotation in 2013 was 3.66. That’s including Weaver having a higher ERA than the past few seasons, and even with Skaggs’ 5.12 ERA. And that 3.66 would’ve been good enough for 2nd in the AL in starting ERA. Plus, that projection of them having the 4th best offense is pretty accurate because most of their lineup is coming back, and it was an offense that had 11 players with OPS+ over 100, as well as being 3rd in BA/3rd (tie) in OBP/5th in SLG in the AL. Based on career averages, the entire Angels’ starting lineup could realistically end up with OPS+’s over 100. And that’s one big reason I defy the argument against Pujols/Hamilton returning to form. Those 2 can have 25 HR/90 RBI seasons behind Trout and the Angels would be fine. It’s gonna come down to pitching — probably their bullpen more than anything — with their offense providing some extra wins.

  63. PoseyTheGreat 1 year ago

    Houston also has the best farm in the MLB. As soon as they pay off their stadium, they’ll start spending and competing.

  64. Jose Ochoa 1 year ago

    in baseball… look it up

  65. RyanWKrol 1 year ago

    Do you even look at numbers?

  66. Jeffrey Beckmann 1 year ago

    The Red Sox have the best farm system in baseball, not the Astros….

  67. PoseyTheGreat 1 year ago

    Not according to the recent rating.

  68. Jeffrey Beckmann 1 year ago

    Yes, according to recent rankings. Baseball America had Astros #2 behind the Red Sox… The scouting book had them 4th behind the Cubs, Red Sox and Pirates….

  69. PoseyTheGreat 1 year ago

    Different articles = different ratings. ESPN has the Astros at #1. BleacherReport has the Red Sox at #5, The Astros at #2, and the Twins at #1. Either way if you are in the top 5 your farm is looking good.

  70. Denny Doyle 1 year ago

    Baseball America ranked Pirates farm system number one.

  71. WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 1 year ago

    I think we need 1 more SP to push out the A’s or Rangers, Blanton is still #6 on the depth chart with unproven Skaggs ahead of him.

  72. IseeyouHanley 1 year ago

    It’s not a big deal. I don’t care. I was simply replying to another person post. I can’t explain the 6-0 against the Tigers. I didn’t watch the games.I don’t know who pitched. I don’t know how was in the line up or out of it. Who knows? Maybe they just play better when they are around Torii Hunter.

  73. RyanWKrol 1 year ago

    I would like another SP myself. Never hurts to keep adding depth. A lot of unproven starting pitchers have held the fort down for both the A’s and Rangers the last few years. Why can’t the same happen for the Angels? Especially when they actually have a real ace to give the younger SP some breathing room. The Rangers need one more solid SP probably more than the Angels do right now. And they’re probably gonna sign Tommy Hanson. Yikes. Kazmir is a major wild card for the A’s. The success of their young starters isn’t going to last forever. Someone in that rotation will get hurt, have an off-year, etc. I mean look at the Rangers; their rotation is completely different from 3-4 years ago for those exact reasons, plus free agency. There are question marks a-plenty all up and down this division.

  74. RyanWKrol 1 year ago

    I’ll tell you exactly why. Because the Angels are a spray hitting team that uses the big part of the field. And any team that has that ability offensively is going to take the Tigers for a wild ride. Because the Tigers have no range on defense at all — well they had no range, Kinsler at least will plug the right side of the IF. But that’s pretty much how it happened. If the Angels and Tigers met in the ALCS, as many were expecting, there’s a good chance the Halos would’ve swept them in 4. The way they played the Tigers is one of many examples of how the Angels have been playing well below their talent level as a whole the last couple years. The Angels have actually won 9 straight against the Tigers going back to September 2012.

  75. Bromacho 1 year ago

    “I’m just gonna spout random nonsense and make it look like i don’t care!”

  76. IseeyouHanley 1 year ago

    Looks like I strike your nerves huh? Who’s your favorite baseball team by the way?

  77. mattdecap 1 year ago

    This is true. The OP was probably referring to the Baseball America report from October that had Boston’s system ranked number one for near-term (2014-2015) impact.

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