Arroyo’s Last Stand: Revisiting The Trade That Brought Him To Cincy For Wily Mo Pena
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By Matt Steinmann (Reds Correspondent) Follow @thesteinmann
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?
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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?
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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.
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