Will Bronson Arroyo Be A Giant in 2014?

By Denise Walos

Aug 9, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo (61) pitches during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

It was just announced the Reds will not be extending a qualifying offer to Bronson Arroyo. This means the team that signs him won’t have to forfeit their draft pick to the Reds.

It’s been widely speculated that the Giants will be at the top of the list of suitors, especially since they aren’t planning on picking up Ryan Vogelsong‘s $6.5M team option. They are reportedly working out a deal with Vogelsong for much less than six million with incentives for innings pitched.

Arroyo has a 4.19 ERA in the last 14 years in MLB and has played for the Pirates (2000-2002), Red Sox (2003-2005) and the Reds (2006-2013). Arroyo made $16.5 million last year and could probably expect around a two-year/$24MM salary as a free agent. He is a dependable pitcher and has pitched over 199 innings each season for the last nine years. In the 2013 season, Arroyo posted a 3.79 ERA in 201 innings pitched.

I can’t say I’m excited about the thought of him being a Giant in 2014, but my mind could be changed. I’m sure there are many other fans who remember the incident below between Arroyo and Vogelsong on July 1, 2012.

Two days ago, Arroyo’s agent told the New York Post his client would definitely consider the Mets as an option this winter. I haven’t read any comments about Arroyo and the Giants yet.