Fresh off their reported signing of infielder Justin Turner, the Los Angeles Dodgers are working towards making another signing just three days before pitchers and catchers report to camp.
Starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo has been linked to the Dodgers, more so after Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka signed with the New York Yankees. Looking for a starter to add depth to an already strong rotation, the team has been in talks with Arroyo over the last month.
According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Dodgers are indeed in the running for Arroyo’s services:
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) February 5, 2014
Both the Arizona Diamondbacks and Dodgers were in the race to sign Tanaka and look to be competing once again for the former Cincinnati Reds’ pitcher. Last season, Arroyo went 14-12 with a 3.79 ERA in 32 starts for the Reds. The right-hander is one of the most durable starting pitchers of the last decade, averaging 33 starts and 207 innings pitched since 2004.
He’s thrown at least 200 innings the past two seasons and kept his ERA below 4.00 in four of the last five seasons. The biggest snag keeping the Dodgers from signing Arroyo has been his reported interest in a three-year deal and the team’s insistence on a shorter contract. Arroyo would come in and compete for the fifth spot in the Dodgers’ rotation behind Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Dan Haren.
He would compete against a recovering Josh Beckett, a prospect in Zach Lee and fringe starters Stephen Fife and Matt Magill. Beckett is slotted in the spot as of now, but an Arroyo signing would likely push him out. The Diamondbacks have more of a need to sign Arroyo, but he’d have a better chance to win if he signed with the Dodgers.
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