Bronson Arroyo may be Mets best free-agent pitching option

Free-agent RHP Bronson Arroyo could be targeted by Sandy Alderson this winter, industry sources told Mike Puma of the New York Post.

Arroyo is 14-11 with a 3.60 ERA in 31 starts for the Reds this season. He is on pace to pitch 200 innings for the eighth time in nine seasons.

“I definitely think the Mets are a team that I would look at,” Arroyo told Puma. “There’s going to be some ballclubs, maybe like the Mets, that have that nice mix of young arms, but need somebody to kind of anchor a rotation with 200 innings, so it’s going to be a very interesting offseason for me.”

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

The way I understand it, he’s going to talk to the Mets, Yankees, Rays, Red Sox, Orioles, Braves and other teams on the East Coast, who train in Florida. I’m told by insiders that if he’s offered a three-year deal, he’ll take it. I think he can be had for three years and $36 million, assuming Alderson is comfortable locking someone up beyond their 40th birthday…

Michael Baron, Contributor

I’ve always liked Arroyo. He’s been a reliable pitcher for most of his career, a guy who can be counted on for 200 innings and very few walks. He’s a sinkerballer, who induces a lot of groundballs. However, he gets his share of strikeouts with a good slider that is useful against right-handed hitters. He’s not going to blow the ball by anyone, with a fastball in the upper 80s, and, considering he’ll be 37 next year, it’s fair to expect his stuff to diminish moving foward.

Still, he’s a nice fit for the Mets on a short-term commitment to bridge the gap to Noah Syndergaard and/or Rafael Montero, while also providing a solid insurance policy for Matt Harvey’s elbow.

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