The market of players for the Los Angeles Dodgers to find a starting pitcher to slide into the back end of the rotation shrunk on Friday as Bronson Arroyo signed a two-year, $23.5 million contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The deal also includes an $11 million option for a third year, which may have kept the Dodgers from signing the former Cincinnati Reds starter.
The deal comes after the 36-year-old recently expressed frustration over what he felt was a lack of offers for his services. The Diamondbacks signing of Arroyo may be a break for the Dodgers, when considering he struggled to a 14-12 record last season. Widely recognized for being a fly-ball pitcher, Arroyo surrendered 32 home runs in 2013-2014, which was fourth most in MLB.
With Masahiro Tanaka and Arroyo now off the market, the Dodgers inched closer to potentially relying on Josh Beckett or perhaps a young prospect already in their farm system like, Zach Lee, to fill the fifth spot in the pitching rotation.
Notable free agent pitchers still available are A.J. Burnett, Ubaldo Jimenez and Ervin Santana. However, signing Jimenez and Santana would require the Dodgers to relinquish a draft pick, which the organization is believed to prefer avoiding. As for Burnett, the likeliness of him playing out west doesn’t appear to be high.
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