Update Monday December 9th at 4:56 PM EST: Bronson Arroyo continues to not be very secretive about which teams have contacted him about his services.
MLB.com’s Cincinnati Reds beat reporter Mark Sheldon is reporting that Arroyo has told him today, at day one of the MLB winter meetings, that the Phillies are among three teams that have shown the most interest in signing him. According to Arroyo, the Twins and Angels have also shown interest.
In his wrap-up piece from this weekend’s general manager meetings, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says that Bronson Arroyo has told people that the Phillies are one of a few teams that have contacted his agent.
Arroyo reports that the Giants, Phillies, and Twins have called his agents but no offers have been made. Arroyo is the most durable pitcher in baseball and is likely to receive more interest.
Arroyo would be a solid pickup as a middle to back of the rotation starter because he gives the Phillies a guy who will eat a lot of innings (he has thrown 199 innings or more for nine straight seasons), and has the ability to pitch like a front end starter at times.
Arroyo is on the record as saying that he will be seeking at least a two-year contract, and you can expect to have the annual value of the deal be between six and eight million.
Arroyo went 14-12 last season with a 3.79 ERA, in his eighth and likely final season with the Reds.