Free agent right-handed pitcher Bronson Arroyo was recently in Cincinnati to throw for the Cincinnati Reds, according to league sources.
No deal between the Reds and Arroyo is close, sources said.
Arroyo is believed to be one hundred percent healthy from Tommy John surgery, as he told ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark earlier in the offseason that he is “perfectly fine.”
As we reported earlier in the offseason, Arroyo was drawing interest from seven MLB teams. Those teams, per Stark: The Washington Nationals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Baltimore Orioles, San Diego Padres, Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, as well as the Reds.
It’s unclear how the workout with the Reds went for Arroyo, but if it went well, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the veteran pitcher end up back in Cincinnati.
Arroyo, 39, hasn’t pitched since 2014 when he was with the Arizona Diamondbacks. In 14 starts with the team, Arroyo went 7-4 with a 4.08 ERA and a 47/19 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
In 15 years in MLB, Arroyo has pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Boston Red Sox, in addition to the Diamondbacks and Reds. In those 15 seasons, he went 145-131 with a 4.19 ERA and a 1526/642 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
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