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MLB Storylines: Arroyo set to join D-Backs rotation

MLB Storylines: Arroyo set to join D-Backs rotation
February 8, 2014
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In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @ajnicholsIBI.

Here are the stories from Friday, February 7th.

Top Stories

  • The Diamondbacks agreed to a two-year, $19 million deal withBronson Arroyo. The contract will guarantee Arroyo at least $23.5 million, as he will make $9.5 million for 2014 and 2015 each, and has an $11 million club option for 2016 with a $4.5 million buyout.
  • Alex Rodriguez has voluntarily dismissed his lawsuit against the MLB, meaning that he will no longer attempt to challenge his season-long suspension.
  • Two early favorites appear to now be a longshot for A.J. Burnett. Jim Salisbury of reported that the Phillies are unlikely to add Burnett at this point of the offseason. Roch Kubatko of said that the Orioles also don't look like a likely destination for Burnett anymore, noting that the righty prefers the National League.

News and Notes

  • The Athletics agreed to a contract extension with center fielder Coco Crisp for two years with a vesting option for 2017. Crisp will receive $11 million in 2015 and 2016 each, and the vesting option will be for $13 million.
  • Reliever Francisco Rodriguez agreed to a one-year, $3.25 million deal with the Brewers. K-Rod can earn another $550 thousand in incentives.
  • Andrew Marchand and Wallace Matthews of reported that the Yankees are expected to "spend wildly" on the international free agent market this summer, in an effort to replenish their weak farm system.
  • The Nationals signed Luis Ayala to a minor league contract with a Spring Training invite. The Indians were known to have had interest in Ayala.
  • Reliever Mitchell Boggs received a one-year, $1.1 million deal with the White Sox.
  • In a showcase on Friday for fifteen clubs, reliever Ryan Madson hit 93 mph on his fastball according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick. Madson is drawing plenty of interest despite missing the last two seasons with arm issues.
  • Relievers Joel Zumaya and Dan Wheeler announced their official retirement. Zumaya had not pitched in the Majors since 2010, and Wheeler last appeared in the Majors with the Indians in 2012.

User Comments

February 9, 2014 - 12:40 AM EST
I think the Blue Jays are waiting for the market value to fall further before pursuing either Santana or Jimenez. I think if the Indians do sign Jimenez it would be on there terms not Jimenez. If it is multi yr deal it probably would be back loaded with a club option. 20-30% odds of signing him is not that high. It looks like the Indians are ready to move on from Jimenez..

Then again you never know.
February 8, 2014 - 4:02 PM EST
Vinnie loses arbitration. Somehow still got a nice raise.
February 8, 2014 - 2:04 PM EST
Said it the other day, but I think Jimenez is the only option. And even that is maybe a 20-30% chance even now. Santana is a 0% chance. The team just has no interest in losing the draft pick and money that goes with it - as do close to half of the other teams in baseball (man, have the QO's had a huge impact on free agency).

If Ubaldo can be signed to a similar deal as Arroyo, I'd prefer him. For all the risks and things about him that drive me crazy, I still love his upside and FOR stuff.
February 8, 2014 - 1:04 PM EST
Santana is under team control for 4 more seasons. I suspect that "talk out here" is just the voices in your head.
Joe Chengery
February 8, 2014 - 12:39 PM EST

Arroyo doesn't have the same ceiling or stuff as Jinenez, never mind the fact the difference in leagues. Arroyo, in his prime with Boston 10 years ago, was at best a fringe 2, mostly a 3 starter. Nowadays, in the NL, he might pass for a 3, but is likely a 4-5 guy; in the AL, he's a 5 guy, maybe a fringe 4; that's why there are some similarities to Tomlin. Both give up a lot of HRs,; Arroyo has given up 25+ HRs the last four years, and he hasn't had a year where he hasn't given up fewer than 20 HRs since 2004, his second-last season with Boston (the only time as a starter he has given up fewer than 20 HRs, in fact).

Besides that, if Arroyo was that strong, why didn't the Reds resign him? It's not like they have their staff figured out (far from it, as they're trying to resign Bailey, and there are concerns with Leake and others).

Jimenez potentially can head a rotation or be a 2-3 pitcher at worst; Arroyo can't do that nowadays, certainly not in the AL. Plus, wins hardly tell you the whole story about a pitcher (that's often dependent on the offense he gets or doesn't get). Sure, Jimenez can be erratic at times (as can Masterson), but he also has the stuff to dominate and lead a rotation, whereas Arroyo does not. The fact that Jimenez may not make much than Arroyo, really a backend starter, is all the more reason why I think the Indians should resign him, as you have a chance to sign a frontline starter for what is a relatively inexpensive cost on the free agent market. That likely won't happen again any time soon unless he's coming off of an injury or there's a major personality issue on the order of Milton Bradley.
February 8, 2014 - 12:07 PM EST
Over the last 5 years Bronson Arroyo is number one in starts, number one in innings pitched and number 3 in wins in the NL. He has amazing poise, control and consistency.. His delivery is smooth, he spins the ball as well as anybody in the game. He is much higher value than Jimenez. That is a GREAT pickup for the Dbacks. You don't know what you're going to get w Ubaldo, nobody does and that is why he is still out there, Could he have a good year? Yes. Could he stink up the joint? Yes. As a side note, talk out here that the Giants may not resign Pablo Sandoval and that they were scouting Carlos Santana in the DR as a third baseman/backup catcher to Buster Posey.
Joe Chengery
February 8, 2014 - 1:39 AM EST
The Arroyo and Burnett situations are interesting to the Indians for a few reasons:

1. It limits the Indians' options of adding another starter (Jimenez and Santana, essentially). Arroyo is gone, and Burnett, as I thought he might, prefers the NL.

2. How much will Arroyo's contract affect Jimenez's contract? Arroyo is getting $9.5M/year, and I think we can agree that Jimenez is better than Arroyo. How much better is debatable, but you'd think that somewhere in the $11-13/M year range would be fair, certainly no higher than $14M.

3. It's interesting that Arroyo got a two-year deal with a third-year option; I had read he wanted a three-year deal initially. Could Jimenez be had for two years and an option, or would it take three or three and an option to sign him? Would the Indians be more likely to do it on a two-year deal and an option? If he can be had for that at $11-13M/yr., with a club option, I really think the Indians should strongly consider it.

4. Note that Arroyo is getting paid nearly ten times more than Tomlin in 2014. (Tomlin won't make more than $975,000.)

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