Bronson Arroyo to Arizona

RHP Bronson Arroyo will sign with the Arizona Diamondbacks (Rosenthal).

There was interest in acquiring the starter early in the Mets’ offseason plans, but after the team signed Bartolo Colon, there was not as much of a need for Arroyo.




22 comments
Chad Michael
Chad Michael

I don't think it would make sense to sign both of these guys.  There are plenty of options for the 5th spot and you have young guys in the minors that are about to come up when someone goes down.  Not to mention you have Harvey coming back next year.  Because Arroyo and Colon wanted 2 years deals it would have created a log jam for the Mets if they signed both.  I like both pitchers but Colon I think fits the Mets needs more because he is more of a front line starter than Arroyo.  Even with Harvey out for the year I am less worried about the rotation than other areas of this team so the money needs to be spent elsewhere rather than on both Colon and Arroyo.

Bryan McEntee
Bryan McEntee

It wouldn't have been a terrible idea to get Arroyo and Colon. What with Dice K, Mejia, and Latham going for the last spot I guess they decided the bottom of the rotation was already stacked.

Chris Biehl
Chris Biehl

Who was the better pitcher in 2013? Colon or Arroyo? Pitched almost the same amount of inn with Colon having vastly superior numbers in many categories.....Mets needed a veteran arm to bridge the gap while Harvey rehabs and they incorparate the young arms into the rotation as the season goes on.....Signed a few other guys for depth, they arent dropping another 20 mil on a SP when there are more pressing needs still

Steve Barbato
Steve Barbato

haters gotta hate, i guess. let's judge the guy based on his size instead of his numbers. great idea

Steve Barbato
Steve Barbato

i completely disagree. his career numbers are very good: 189-128, 3.94 ERA in a mostly AL career is not a flash in the pan. a move to the NL will only help him. arroyo has never won 20 games and his career record in a mostly NL career is only 138-127. for a who's only logged about 300 or so fewer innings, he has almost 50 fewer wins.

Rich Kluender
Rich Kluender

Last year was a flash in the pan year mark my words. Colon is going to stink it up.

Rich Kluender
Rich Kluender

What inning eating pitcher do the Mets have ?. Oh Colon the steroid blimp. He won't do what he did in Oakland again. But Arroyo will help out Arizona.

Chris Biehl
Chris Biehl

Guess he couldnt get that third year he was looking for

Chris Biehl
Chris Biehl

Arroyo is a 37 year old mediocre innings eater with a career era of 4.19, you cant possibly be upset the Mets passed on him

Cush
Cush

You're a genius...not much need for a starter who throws 200 innings with double digit wins every year.  Blog is at the level of this team...crap.

Rich Kluender
Rich Kluender

The Mets could have had him he wanted to go to the Mets but they said Screw you we are nappy with bottom of the barrel fish heads.

jlmulls2
jlmulls2

That seems expensive for a good, not great pitcher, but would have been good for this team - innings eater, and competitor, plus a pretty good musician. I guess it was him or Colon. We got Colon. 


PulitzerSomeday
PulitzerSomeday

@metsblog Arroyo at 2/$23 million too much for a washed up starter. Reminds me of Frank Tanana. Poor signing.

Robby Johnson
Robby Johnson

All good.  I only wanted him if he agreed to bring back the 2004 corn rows.

zoddie
zoddie

@Cush  OK, smart guy, who's spot do you want Arroyo to take?  Your choices are Wheeler, Colon, Niese, Gee, Mejia.  Which of those guys do you want to get rid of to accommodate Arroyo's 4 ERA (and $23.5m contract)?

Robby Johnson
Robby Johnson

@PulitzerSomeday Arroyo is hardly washed up, and I don't think you guys quite understand what the market for pitchers has turned into.


Go look at the deals some of the free agents SP got this offseason.  I'm not saying I agree with the market, but Scott Feldman got $30 mil over 3 years?  Just how it's going.

Cush
Cush

What makes you think Mejia can even make it thru half a season, something he has never been able to do.  You make pitching an area of strength.  Have you watched this team over the past decade?  If so, it shouldn't be out of the realm of possibility that Colon finally acts his age and Nieses rotator cuff acts up again.  As devastating as Harvey's injury was, Wheeler is greater risk of Tommy John.  So sorry, 9 million to spend for 200 innings in 2014 should not have been a stretch, not to mention the guy is proven to step up in bigger games.

zoddie
zoddie

@Robby Johnson  Agreed - this is a fair price for Arroyo.  He is very durable.  The Mets have better options, however.

zoddie
zoddie

@Cush So you would want Arroyo, and his 2-year contract, as injury backup for Mejia and Colon?  If Mejia goes down after half a season, Raphael Montero gets called up and steps in to the rotation.  If he doesn't last that long, deGrom can pitch a few games.  If we need a spot start, Dice-K or Lannan can fill in.  Towards the end of the year, Syndergaard will be ready.


Next year, the Mets have Harvey, Colon, Wheeler, Syndergaard, and Montero as a potential starting five.  That already leaves Niese, Gee, Hefner, deGrom, and Mejia without a spot in the rotation.  Why would you tie up money in a average (if durable) starting pitcher when the Mets can go TEN deep during the second year of Arroyo's contract?


The Mets don't need to make starting pitching an area of strength.  It already is.  I don't want to tell Mejia that he's got no chance of a spot in spring training.  The kid deserves a shot.