Pitchers and catchers report in just four days, but that hasn’t stopped Los Angeles Dodgers GM Ned Colletti from looking to add another pitcher. As it stands, Josh Beckett would be the fifth starter, but a poor eight starts last season resulted in TOS (Thoracic Outlet Syndrome) surgery and ended his 2013 season.
The Dodgers were interested in Japanese starter Masahiro Tanaka before he signed with the New York Yankees and since then have been connected to free agent pitcher Bronson Arroyo. While his price tag reportedly remains high, Jon Morosi of FoxSports says the two says are still talking:
Sources: Dodgers remain in active talks with free agent starter Bronson Arroyo. @FOXSports1
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) February 4, 2014
The soon-to-be 37-year-old pitcher is reportedly seeking a three-year deal or a two-year deal with a vesting option for a third year. Still consistent as ever, Arroyo would give the Dodgers another 200+ inning starter to go along with Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu and newcomer Dan Haren.
In 2013, Arroyo went 14-12 with a 3.79 ERA, but allowed 32 home runs while pitching with the Cincinnati Reds. At Dodger Stadium, the results aren’t too great as he’s 2-4 lifetime in seven starts, accumulating an ERA of 4.85 in 42.2 innings pitched. Along with the Dodgers, the Arizona Diamondbacks, Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays are thought to be among his suitors.
Signing Arroyo would give the Dodgers significant pitching depth as starters Matt Magill, Stephen Fife and Zach Lee all will be in big league camp once Spring Training gets underway. Chad Billingsley is due back from Tommy John surgery in June and it’s unknown what his role might be if another starting pitcher is added.
Colletti would like to add an infielder in the coming days, but it sounds like he’s also taking a hard look at adding Arroyo to an already strong rotation.
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