Sources: Bronson Arroyo throws for Reds in Cincinnati

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’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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3 Responses

  1. Carl Insco

    Don’t get me wrong I like and respect Arroyo, but why sign an old veteran during a rebuild? It makes more sense to me to give one of the youngsters some experience since the Reds aren’t going anywhere this year and maybe next year too. The key to a rebuild is to rebuild with youth not old vets. The Reds have plenty of young arms they need to check out and give major league experience to. Are the Reds playing the same game as the Cubs did with Bryant keeping him in the minors longer in order to save service time?

    • Tom

      Because he’s a team player and will be a great mentor to our youngsters.

      • Charles Wayne Lackey

        Reds could use Arroyo should be a big help for the Reds young arms. Plus if he could win 8 games he would lead the team in wins with this non hitting lineup. And it seems the Reds GM duo are doing nothing to improve the offense and looks like they are happy to be and stay in last place for many years.

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