Pitchers and catchers report to Camelback Ranch in exactly six days as the Los Angeles Dodgers prepare for the 2014 season. While the Dodgers upgraded the pitching staff with the addition of Dan Haren, the fifth spot is shaky at best.
Josh Beckett is penciled in for the last spot, but he’s coming off TOS (Thoracic Outlet Syndrome) surgery while Chad Billingsley is slated to return in June after Tommy John surgery. Other contenders include Matt Magill, Stephen Fife and even youngsters Zach Lee and Ross Stripling if Beckett is to falter during the spring.
However, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Glode, the Dodgers are interested in one free agent pitcher, but not at his current price:
3. Bronson Arroyo, RHP, free agent: The Dodgers are very interested but don’t want a third year. They are interested because they know how quickly you can go through starting pitchers, as happened early last season. Chad Billingsley won’t be ready until June, and there’s no telling how Josh Beckett will respond in his comeback.
Dodgers GM Ned Colletti suggested yesterday he’s still listening to agents about pitchers, but Arroyo admitted last week he hasn’t had a single offer to discuss. As Cafardo mentions, the 37-year-old is seeking a three-year deal, but with so many internal pitching options and his advanced age, it doesn’t make sense for the Dodgers.
Arroyo has thrown at least 200 innings every year but one since 2005 and the year he didn’t reach that mark, he threw 199 innings. While he doesn’t have overpowering stuff, he’s crafty enough to still get hitters out. Other teams that could be interested in him include the Arizona Diamondbacks, Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles, but all seem to have balked at his asking price.
It’s likely that Arroyo and his representatives come down from their three-year demand and it sounds like there’s a pretty decent chance he could sign with the Dodgers.
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