Over the past two months, Bronson Arroyo has occasionally been linked with the Orioles. Arroyo seemed like a good fit for the Orioles. He’s extremely durable, and though he’ll be 37 next month, Arroyo should be a good get.
Arroyo has the good fortune not to have been encumbered by a quality offer. The Cincinnati Reds, his team for the past eight years, like him, but won’t chase him.
For the Orioles, there’s another attraction. New pitching coach Dave Wallace worked with Arroyo back in Boston a decade ago, and they won a World Series together.
ESPN’s Buster Onley tweeted the Orioles had interest in Arroyo. They’ve had interest in Arroyo, but for perhaps two years, not three.
Even though Arroyo has never been hurt, it does seem dangerous to give out three-year contracts to soon-to-be 37-year-olds. Other teams obviously feel this way because he’s yet to sign.
Arroyo, A.J. Burnett, Matt Garza, Ubaldo Jimenez and Ervin Santana are the most attractive pitching options, and the latter two have had their markets limited because of qualifying offers.
The Orioles haven’t shown interest in Garza, but they do have interest in Arroyo and Burnett. On Friday, Burnett turned 37, and he has yet to decide if he’ll play in 2014.