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February 3, 2014

Rumor Roundup

Scoping Out the Less Expensive Starters

by Daniel Rathman


Diamondbacks could enter the slow-developing Bronson Arroyo market
After failing to secure a frontline starter to lead their 2014 rotation, the Diamondbacks might be setting their sights a little lower: According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, general manager Kevin Towers is now eyeing Bronson Arroyo.

The offseason has been at least as frustrating for Arroyo as it has been for the Diamondbacks, who were tied to Shin-Soo Choo and Masahiro Tanaka but have thus far come away with only Mark Trumbo. Numerous teams—a dozen, per the right-hander himself—have reached out, but not a single one of them made its interest official. Arroyo told ESPN’s Jayson Stark last week, “I don’t even have an offer to turn down.”

Clubs’ wariness of signing a pitcher who will turn 37 later this month is understandable. But Arroyo has arguably been the most durable starter in the league over the past nine years, making at least 32 starts and working at least 199 innings in every season. It’s difficult to believe that his agent, Terry Bross, hasn’t fielded a single proposal all winter—and SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo was told by a source that you probably shouldn’t.

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