Arroyo said he would definitely consider signing with the Mets this winter (Martin, Nov. 1).
Arroyo is seeking at least a two-year deal, and has not heard from the Reds about a new contract (Sheldon, Oct. 8).
The way I understand it, he’s going to talk to the Mets, Yankees, Rays, Red Sox, Orioles, Braves and other teams on the East Coast, who train in Florida. I’m told by insiders that if he’s offered a three-year deal, he’ll take it. I think he can be had for three years and $36 million, assuming Alderson is comfortable locking someone up beyond their 40th birthday…
I’ve always liked Arroyo. He’s been a reliable pitcher for most of his career, a guy who can be counted on for 200 innings and very few walks. He’s a sinkerballer, who induces a lot of groundballs. However, he gets his share of strikeouts with a good slider that is useful against right-handed hitters. He’s not going to blow the ball by anyone, with a fastball in the upper 80s, and, considering he’ll be 37 next year, it’s fair to expect his stuff to diminish moving foward.
Still, he’s a nice fit for the Mets on a short-term commitment to bridge the gap to Noah Syndergaard and/or Rafael Montero, while also providing a solid insurance policy for Matt Harvey’s elbow.
Arroyo, 36, went 13-12 with a 3.79 ERA in 32 starts with 32 walks and 124 strikeouts while allowing a league-high 32 home runs in 202 innings with the Reds in 2013.
Arroyo just completed a three-year, $36 million contract he signed with Cincinnati before the 2011 season – he earned $6.5 million in 2013.