Aug 30, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo (61) delivers a pitch in the fourth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Sandy Alderson Reportedly Requests Meeting With Free Agent Pitcher Bronson Arroyo

Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson will reportedly have a face to face meeting with free agent Bronson Arroyo sometime this week at the pitcher’s Tampa, Florida home.  The meeting was requested by Sandy Alderson.  There exists a possibility the meeting could be moved ahead, and instead take place during the upcoming December Winter Meetings.

Earlier this evening, ESPN’s Adam Ruben also added Bronson Arroyo will potentially be seeking a three year deal, but that it may be possible to sign him to a two year pact with a vesting option for the 2016 season.

Despite signing Ricky Nolasco, the Minnesota Twins are also reportedly interested in Bronson Arroyo.

Bronson Arroyo will be 37-years old in February.  Over the last nine season, the right-hander has thrown the third most innings (1,895 2/3) in the majors, behind only C.C. Sabathia and Dan Haren.  Last season, he pitched 202 innings, and posted a 14-12 record for the Cincinnati Reds, with a 3. 79 ERA.  He allowed 199 hits, but only walked 34 batters for a 1.153 WHiP.  Bronson struck out 124 batters for a 5.5 K/9 average.

He also has world series experience, winning a ring with the 2004 Boston Red Sox.

Arroyo earned $16,445,535 in 2013, and earned $12 million for the 2012 season.  As a matter of reference, the Twins just signed Ricky Nolasco to a four year, $49 million dollar deal, with a vesting option for the 2018 season.

UPDATE: 12/1/2014 – 10:07am

According to an unnamed source, later yesterday evening, Newsday’s David Lennon , wrote that reports of the Mets meeting with Bronson Arroyo, for the moment, were not true.


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  • Herb G

    Twins just signed Phil Hughes, so they are almost certainly out on Arroyo. Mets can be front runners and in the driver’s seat if Sandy will step up and offer at least 2 years with a vesting option at a salary commensurate with this years market. Arroyo is just the innings eater the Mets need. With Matsuzaka or Harang, it would provide the Mets with the depth to overcome Harvey’s injury, and create the opportunity to trade someone like Gee at the deadline if Thor and Montero are having strong seasons and can both be called up.

    • MikeLecolant.BTB

      Well said. My only concern is potentially overpaying. It would be nice if Sandy Alderson can keep Arroyo under $14 million per. Getting him at Ricky Nolasco’s roughly $12.5 annual salary would be even nicer. Getting him at Phil Hughes’ $8 million average annual cost would be best.

    • Herb G

      Mike – Unfortunately, this is a market of gross overpayments. Sandy Alderson himself said ” As our signing of Chris Young indicates, the market for players is crazy right now. But we continue to look.” That might mean he is reconciled to the fact that he will have to overpay for playerss he really wants. I agree that it would be nice to get Arroyo for less than $14 million per year, but I think you can forget about anything near $8 million.

    • MikeLecolant.BTB

      I know. I was tapping into my inner M. Donald Grant. $14 million or below does sound reasonable though. Do you think competition jacks him upwards of $15 million?

    • Herb G

      Actually, at the very beginning of the off season I identified Arroyo as my #1 pitching target, and I thought 2 years @ $12 million AAV. The way the market is playing out, I’m afraid it could go anywhere. Your guess is as good as mine.

  • Kabeetz

    A meeting is a far cry from a signing, but if it were to happen… I get how this plugs a hole today, and a name signing of any kind is a huge step in a positive direction, but I don’t see how it is a step towards contending.

    We need to spend the bulk of our money on a bat of the core quality variety.

    • MikeLecolant.BTB

      I agree regarding the need to acquire a big bat. Losing Harvey for the season set the rotation, and the Mets, back however. You know what they say – you can never have enough pitching.

  • Ken Meoni

    9:14pm: A source tells David Lennon
    (via Twitter) that the Mets do not have plans to meet with Arroyo. The
    Mets appear to be “on the fence” about the durable starter, Lennon says.

    • MikeLecolant.BTB

      I would not mind if they failed to sign another free agent. I would not mind if they sign them all. What annoys me, is for the Mets to show up like players at the marketplace, and acting skittish regarding everyone and their prospective price tags. That’s a game for fools. If the Mets are on the fence, then get out of the damn school yard, and stop wasting our time!!

      On another front, this is a weak free agent class, and I think the Mets will still be better served by pursuing creative trades.

    • Ken Meoni

      Totally agree Mike. They need to make a trade or two. The Mets always get it out there that they are going after certain players, but never seem to get it done. One has to wonder if they put it out there so the fans think they are trying, but really aren’t.

      Still, they have plenty of pieces that have to/can be moved and I think a trade will be coming, sooner or later.

    • MikeLecolant.BTB

      I strongly agree with your speculation. The Mets have long been fighting a PR war, insofar as trying to keep the ticket sales, interest, and fan confidence going. Sandy Alderson has routinely referenced that concern during his in-game visits to the booth, stating as much when it came to keeping Jose Reyes and Jerry Hairston around. He knows the Wilpons aren’t out of the woods yet, and that there is still a measure of protectionism he must provide them. At the same time, he is trying to portray the Mets as healthy, significant players again. I think most of us see right through that.

  • Ken Meoni

    Sherman writes that the Mets are no longer interested in free agent shortstop Furcal,
    who missed last season with Tommy John surgery, because of concerns
    about his health. The Mets are looking for an upgrade over Tejada at shortstop.

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