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Arroyo’s Last Stand: Revisiting The Trade That Brought Him To Cincy For Wily Mo Pena

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Wily Mo Pena was the classic 'tease' power hitter for several MLB clubs.  The Reds sold high on him - as he only hit 34 HRs and drove in 105 RBI fiun 827 AB for 4 different clubs over 7 seasons.  With Cincy, He hit for  51 HRs and drove in 134 RBI during his 830 AB with them.  I would say that the Trade has worked out well for the Reds - in receiving a top of the Rotation Starter for almost a decade in exchange.

Wily Mo Pena was the classic ‘tease’ power hitter for several MLB clubs. The Reds sold high on him – as he only hit 34 HRs and drove in 105 RBI in his 827 AB for 4 different clubs over 6 seasons after he left Ohio – before packing up for Japan. With Cincy, He hit for 51 HRs and drove in 134 RBI during his 830 AB with them. I would say that the Trade has worked out well for the Reds – in receiving a top of the Rotation Starter for almost a decade in exchange.  Wily Mo Pena was still the best Batting Practice hitter in the Majors.  Clubbing 84 HRs in 1703 Career AB is just a little over 1 HR per 20 AB.  Just not worthy of  a Pitcher like Arroyo.

By Matt Steinmann (Reds Correspondent)

In March of 2006, the Reds completed a deal that sent outfielder Wily Mo Pena to the Boston Red Sox for Starting Pitcher Bronson Arroyo and cash.

Now, in 2013, Bronson Arroyo is in the final year of a contract with the Reds and Wily Mo Pena is in the Japanese League. With all the talk from fans for the team to sign Shin-Soo Choo to a long term deal, the name not being mentioned is Bronson Arroyo.

It almost seems like a foregone conclusion that he will walk at the end of the season, but is that the right move?

Wily Mo Pena Tribute in 2011 – Mature Lyrics So Parental Guidance is Advised

As a member of the Reds, Arroyo has a record of 95-86, and ERA of 4.06, and has started 242 games, pitching 1,548.2 Innings. In 2006, he made the All-Star team, and pitched a career high 240.2 innings, and has only pitched less than 200 innings once in a Reds uniform, pitching 199 innings in 2011. In 2010, he won a Gold Glove.

As a member of the Reds, Arroyo has a record of 95-86, and ERA of 4.06, and has started 242 games, pitching 1,548.2 Innings. In 2006, he made the All-Star team, and pitched a career high 240.2 innings, and has only pitched less than 200 innings once in a Reds uniform, pitching 199 innings in 2011. In 2010, he won a Gold Glove.

Since 2006, Arroyo leads the league in starts, is second in innings pitched, and has the second most wins. In his professional career, which dates back to the 2000 season, and his days with the Pittsburgh Pirates, he has never missed a start.

His win totals since he’s been in Cincinnati are 14, 9, 15, 15, 17, 9 and 12. This season so far he has 4 wins. His ERA was a career best 3.29 in 2006, and has been below 4 three other times, 3.84 in 2009, 3.88 in 2010, and 3.74 last season.

So far in 2013, it’s 3.28. His ERA only ballooned over 4 once, when it was 5.07 in 2011, his worst season, and not a very good one for the club in general.

On a team built around pitching and defense, having Bronson Arroyo’s dependability in the middle of the rotation is a good thing. If he would walk at the end of the season, will the Reds revisit the Aroldis Chapman to the rotation idea?

Will Tony Cingrani have developed enough to give him the full time job? What about Homer Bailey? He’s only on a one year deal too…

He will give up his share of long balls (a career worst 46 in 2011), but his numbers show he is consistent. You know what you’re going to get year in and year out, and even at 36 years old, his durability continues to hold up. He would be worth bringing back next season, at a lower rate than the $11 million he makes this season. His current contract also pays him deferred money through 2021.

He will give up his share of long balls (a career worst 46 in 2011), but his numbers show he is consistent. You know what you’re going to get year in and year out, and even at 36 years old, his durability continues to hold up. He would be worth bringing back next season, at a lower rate than the $11 million he makes this season. His current contract also pays him deferred money through 2021.

*** The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of mlbreports.com or their partners.***

A big thank-you goes out to Matt Steinmann for preparing today’s featured article. Matt was born and raised in Cincinnati, and has been a Reds fan his entire life, along with the Bengals and the UC Bearcats. His first baseball memory was watching Pete Rose hit #4192 with his Dad and grandparents when he was 5 years old.

He didn’t quite understand exactly the significance of it at the time, but it’s always stuck with him, and his love and wanting to learn about the game grew from there. Matt considers himself lucky that he was able to watch Barry Larkin play his entire Hall of Fame career in Cincinnati, so he goes down as his favorite player.

Matt currently works for 700WLW radio, the Cincinnati Reds flagship station, as the producer for the early morning show. Feel free to follow Matt on Twitter and talk the game of baseball 

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