It’s official: Bronson Arroyo is returning to the Cincinnati Reds on a minor league deal:
Pitcher Bronson Arroyo has passed his physical and will sign a Minor League contract that will return him to the Reds, a source told MLB.com on Thursday night.
The Reds have yet to announce the deal, which is expected to include an invite to big league camp as a non-roster player during Spring Training. He will compete for the vacant fifth spot in the rotation against several other contenders, while likely providing a solid veteran influence.
Arroyo, who will turn 40 on Feb. 24, has not pitched in the Major Leagues since 2014 with the D-backs because he needed surgeries on both his elbow and shoulder.
Arroyo signed a Minor League deal last season with the Nationals, but he was shut down in July when his elbow bothered him. He received stem-cell injections in August and said earlier this week that he felt good.
But it makes me happy. Bronson was my favorite Red when he was here before, and he’s a no-doubt Reds Hall of Famer, in my opinion. If he can help the 2017 Reds, that’s great. If not, at least we get to talk about him a little more, and I’m perfectly fine with that.