Bronson Arroyo may be one of those pitchers that was affected by the Haren signing. It was reported that the Dodgers were interested in the former Cincinnati Reds pitcher before the Dodgers made their move.
According to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation’s MLB Daily Dish, the Dodgers interest in Arroyo has changed in a significant way:
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) November 30, 2013
Arroyo is one of the second-tier starting pitchers available but it seems the Dodgers are no longer looking at his services. Last season, the right-hander was 14-12 with a 3.79 ERA in 32 starts with the Reds. Always durable, Arroyo has started at least 32 games in the past nine seasons and is now looking for work after being with the Reds since 2006.
The Dodgers signed Haren to a one-year, $10 million deal last week with incentives and a player option for 2015. Arroyo is likely seeking a multi-year deal, which may have pushed the Dodgers toward the right-handed Haren. The 36-year-old Arroyo still has interest from a few teams and will likely sign within the next month.
Even with Haren, the Dodgers are still in the market for a starting pitcher, but the team is waiting for the posting of Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. As of now, the team would head into 2014 with a rotation of Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Haren and Josh Beckett. The team started 2013 with eight starting pitchers before being down to four healthy pitchers a month into the season and would like to have extra arms, rather than not enough.
The free agency period will pick up with the Winter Meetings in December and it’ll be interesting to see what the Dodgers decide to do.
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