Note: Over the next few days, we'll take a look at some external and internal possibilities for the starting pitching rotation to replace Derek Holland, as the lefty is expected to miss the first half of the season.
Today's pitcher: Bronson Arroyo
Various reports suggest that Arroyo wants a three-year deal. But whether he can get one remains to be seen. Arroyo does not require draft-pick compensation, which only adds to his value and increases the number of teams willing to consider that third year.
Arroyo, who turns 37 in February, has pitched at least 199 innings in each of the last nine seasons. He made 32 starts last season for the Cincinnati Reds and was 14-12 with a 3.79 ERA, 124 strikeouts and 34 walks. He allowed 32 homers, so he does give up the long ball.
But with Arroyo, you have a good idea of what you're getting. He had a 4.05 ERA in his eight seasons with the Reds and started an average of 33 games a year. He was a workhorse and has pitched 202 innings in each of the last two seasons, so he hasn't shown any signs of slowing up because of age. And it's worth noting that most of his numbers were put up at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, known as a hitter's park.
At 37, getting three guaranteed years might be difficult. What about two years and a vesting option for a third?
Arroyo apparently has interest from a few teams, including the Orioles, Twins and others, according to various reports. Of course, like most free-agent pitchers left on the market, Arroyo could be waiting until after Masahiro Tanaka makes a decision. Tanaka has until Jan. 24 to do so.
Any interest in Arroyo? Are you OK with two or three years for him?