We noted last week that the Reds were in discussions with Bronson Arroyo about a return to Cincinnati. It’s starting to look like it’s going to happen, you guys!

From MLB Trade Rumors:

It emerged recently that the Reds had taken a look at former righty Bronson Arroyo. Though the level of the team’s interest wasn’t clear at the time, it seems now that the organization saw some promise in the veteran starter’s workout. Indeed, Cincinnati has engaged Arroyo in contract talks that appear likely to result in a deal, according to a report from Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reporting (on Twitter).

Cincinnati has made clear that it isn’t interested in handing out any more major-league deals this winter, so any arrangement with Arroyo would be of the minor-league variety. That’s unsurprising, as Arroyo is less than a month away from his fortieth birthday and over two-and-a-half years removed from his last MLB appearance.

Bronson Arroyo remains popular in Cincinnati, so I’m sure this news will be met with joy in some corners. But let’s be sure to pump the brakes a bit. There should be no expectation that Arroyo will actually contribute to the club in 2017.

But — though there’s certainly room for disagreement — what I said last week still applies, to me, at least. There’s very little downside, in my opinion.

The Reds need innings-eaters in 2017. Arroyo used to be an innings-eater. Sure, he hasn’t pitched in a couple of years, but we’re just talking about a minor league contract. If Arroyo can make it back from injury, maybe he can give the Reds some decent innings — plus be a veteran presence around all the young pitchers we expect to see in Cincinnati this season.

If nothing else, it’s an interesting storyline for me to write about, and that’s enough for me.

We’re not talking about the Scott Feldman acquisition, where — though I like Feldman a lot — there is very real reason for concern that the Reds have inexplicably promised him a starting spot, possibly at the expense of the young guns on the horizon. We’re talking a minor league deal with potential upside, and no downside. Bring it on.

Plus, as RN’s Wes Jenkins noted way back in December:

Bronson Arroyo is probably your mother’s favorite baseball player. He has those long luscious locks that swish just so when he follows through. His leg kick defies convention just enough while still vaguely resembling the iconic Rockettes. And of course, he plays the guitar when he’s not taking the field. Bronson Arroyo is a bad boy without being a bad boy–the guy brought home for Thanksgiving that Dad thinks isn’t good enough to be with his daughter but Mom defends because she just needs some adventure in her life.

Bronson Arroyo is also my mom’s favorite baseball player so there’s that.

Bronson makes things more interesting around these parts. Again: that’s enough for me.

9 Responses

  1. cupofcoffee1955

    Chad, Chris Welch & JTM are happy.

  2. cupofcoffee1955

    Sorry guys, wrong video. This is it, my apologies.

  3. Simon Cowell

    Thanks Bronson for help assuring that we get another top 5 pick.

  4. big5ed

    So much for the optimism about the new front office.

    I’d rather have Arroyo as a cleanup hitter than as a pitcher.

    • big5ed

      If it is a goodwill gesture, maybe: “OK, Bronson, let’s give you one last chance. No promises, and you’ll have to knock our socks off to make the team. If it doesn’t work, you retire as as a Red and we’ll all feel good.” Then let him pitch the 9th inning of spring games against minor league hitters with generic names like Bret Johnson or Danny Martin.

      I just think it is completely implausible to believe the Human Batting Tee can get major league hitters out, especially left handed hitters. This is the same kind of thinking that led Walt Jocketty to sign every washed-up Cardinal for 6 years.

  5. Jeff

    Homer Baily’s career was saved by Bronson Arroyo. He said Arroyo taught him how to work out and to quit being a jerk. If Arroyo can have that same impact on other young arms, he would be well worth the risk

  6. Chuck Schick

    Best case, the Reds pay 550k for a mature,professional that can eat innings and reduce the wear and tear on the guys that matter in what will likely be a sub 500 season. Last year showed there is no such thing as too much pitching.

    Worst case, he gets shelled in ST and the Reds allow an honorable person to ” retire” with a degree of dignity and closure. I want the Trds to be succesful. I also want them to be classy and decent to those who have earned the right to go out in an honorable way.

    This isn’t picking up Jason Marquis off the scrap heap in order to actually pitch. This is a roll of the dice with limited to no financial downside.

    • jazzmanbbfan

      Just heard a snippet from his appearance on the Reds Hot Stove League tonight. He seems to be going into this with his eyes wide open and realizes he may not have what it takes to make the team and if that’s the case, at least he gave it his best try. He made an interesting comment about starting and how the cool down between innings gets harder, i.e., harder to get back out there for the next inning as he has aged. He said that’s one of the unknowns for him. He thinks he can pitch effectively for an inning or two but part of the test is whether he can go out and pitch 6 or 7 innings multiple times in a row.

  7. Z-man

    Fun factor = high
    Financial impact = low
    Character = high
    Risk of minor league contract = low
    Get the deal done!!!