Will O's name that tune with Arroyo?

Will O's name that tune with Arroyo?
January 20, 2014, 9:15 am
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The Orioles’ interest in free-agent pitcher Bronson Arroyo may still be percolating. How should an O’s fan feel about this?

On the one hand, the Orioles still could use another starter. And Arroyo has been a reliable pitcher, basically good for 200 innings every season. On the other hand, he’s 37 and may want a three-year contract, at least one year too long for a pitcher his age.

But there’s also the matter of Arroyo’s other pursuit — music. He has a band and has put out an album. Arroyo sounds pretty good. However, were he to join the Orioles, he would bring you back to the 1990s.

Arroyo sings covers of songs by the Foo Fighters, Verve, Stone Temple Pilots and the like. In fact, some of them sound eerily like the originals (as on the Goo Goo Dolls’ “Slide.”)

That’s not to say he couldn’t rock out with something a bit older, as on the Standells’ “Dirty Water” in the wake of the Red Sox’s World Series title in 2004 when he was a member of Boston’s rotation.

Music aside, Arroyo also has a predilection for giving up home runs. He has led the league in homers allowed in two of the past three seasons. Though Arroyo has been pitching in homer-friendly Cincinnati since 2006 and more home runs were hit in the Great American Ball Park than any other National League stadium, he would be coming to a venue in Camden Yards that topped the majors in homers.