Pirates Plan to Meet With Bronson Arroyo’s Agent

Yesterday we heard that the Pittsburgh Pirates had checked in on Bronson Arroyo. Buster Olney reports today that they¬†plan to meet with Arroyo’s agent.

https://twitter.com/Buster_ESPN/status/410057277811331074

Rob Biertempfel, who broke the original news on Arroyo, says that the right-hander is very interested in the Pirates.

https://twitter.com/BiertempfelTrib/status/410057931736895489

The news on Arroyo indicates that the Pirates might be looking for alternatives to A.J. Burnett. The two pitchers aren’t the same at all. Burnett has been a top of the rotation pitcher the last two years. Arroyo is more of a strong number four starter. His value comes from the fact that he can provide league average numbers and throw 200 innings per year. He has thrown 199+ innings each year since 2005.

Arroyo would bring depth to the Pirates rotation, which would help in the short-term. In the long-term, they might be better off giving a shot to Stolmy Pimentel or giving another chance to Jeff Locke. The signing of a starting pitcher means that neither of those options would get a shot at the rotation, unless Wandy Rodriguez wasn’t healthy to start the season.

UPDATE 11:54 AM: The Twins will also be meeting with Arroyo’s agent.

https://twitter.com/DarrenWolfson/status/410083836945395713

UPDATE 2:58 PM: Ken Rosenthal reports that the Twins are pushing hard for Arroyo and that the talks are gaining momentum.

https://twitter.com/Ken_Rosenthal/status/410136214264901634

Author: Tim Williams

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