2017 Reds

It’s official: Bronson Arroyo signs a minor league contract with Reds

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.

This is what it is: a minor league deal that carries very little risk for the Reds. We’ve already discussed it here and here. It may pay dividends for the Reds or it may not.

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.

12 thoughts on “It’s official: Bronson Arroyo signs a minor league contract with Reds

  1. It’s kinda like the Reds thought, hey, we dodged that bullet, didn’t offer Bronson the QO and then Arizona paid him a bunch of $$ for him not to pitch.

    Out of respect we should at least toss a few grand at him now, hahaha, sucks to be the Dbacks on so many levels!

    • “. . .My value in the game could go down, so you’ve got to take opportunities when you can. If there are other teams out there that are willing to give me a three-year deal, and I couldn’t get that here (with the Reds), it’s going to be very tough to stay.” Said Bronson in September 2013.

  2. The one deal of recent note that didn’t burn the Reds. It would be nice to see him retire as a Red. I am expecting nothing out of Bailey just for the sake of not being disappointed and so with that in mind I will also not expect anything from Arroyo. Hopefully they both prove me wrong and put up staggering numbers.

  3. Absolutely nothing wrong with this. If he makes the team, I just hope we keep him on a short leash. Odds are more like, especially if our young studs come up, that Bronson hooks up with another club after ST anyhow. He will probably just use ST to get some recent gametime and film with him to carry to the other clubs.

    • 2 years no play and hitting 40. pretty sure this is his last chance. Reds are the bottom of the barrel for chances when it comes to retreads.

    • I need to find a new ortho because mine moved back to LA to practice pediatric orthopedics. Upon finding my new doc, I want to discuss new treatment options for my issues. Probably not much that can be done about the osteoarthritis but perhaps some of my other issues have better treatment options now.

  4. My only issue with this is that it seems like in the past when guys were given these deals then they always made the trip to Cincy. Even if they didn’t last a month up. Here’s to hoping the new(ish) regime takes a different approach to these deals. If they guy can help bring him up, if not you don’t owe him anything.

  5. You could tell in Reds GM Dick Williams’s voice at last weeks Reds Caravan that this was going to happen. It is a good insurance policy. The only things next for BA is to make the 25 man roster out of spring training and then be named the Opening Day starter. 🙂

    • I thought it was pretty much a done deal when I heard he was going to be featured on the Hot Stove show on WLW.

    • And as opening day starter, he will pitch a 4-hit shutout and hit two homeruns.

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