The San Francisco Giants locked up 38-year-old starter Tim Hudson to a two-year, $23 million deal Monday, leaving Bronson Arroyo as the lone big-name veteran rotation arm left on the free agent market.
Arroyo, who turns 37 in February, was a guest on MLB Network Radio‘s Inside Pitch with Casey Stern and Jim Bowden this week, and spoke candidly about the process and the six teams that have expressed interest in him this offseason.
Yeah definitely in the early stages. Nobody has really put a dollar bill in front of me. [...] I think the Phillies, the Dodgers, the Angels, the Giants, the Twins, maybe even the Orioles, I think all those teams have called you know just to say that they’re interested. I’m not really sure how interested, you know?
Arroyo added that the process “could take a while” with other pitchers available that may affect how the market unfolds this winter. He also told Stern and Bowden that he’s patiently looking for something longer than two years.
Arroyo: “I’d like someone to come forward & go longer than 2 years and give me a 3 year deal. I feel like I have plenty left in the tank.”
— MLB Network Radio (@MLBNetworkRadio) November 18, 2013
Arroyo has thrown 200 or more innings in nine of his last ten seasons. (He threw 199 in 2011.) Last year, he went 14-12 with a 3.79 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 3.65 K/BB over 32 starts with the Reds.
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