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Without the baggage of draft-pick compensation hanging around his neck, the only reason that Bronson Arroyo remains unsigned is that teams are leery of giving a soon-to-be-37-year-old starting pitcher a three-year contract, which is what the veteran is seeking, according to the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo.
Teams know what they are getting in Arroyo, who has been one of the more reliable starters in baseball over the past nine years, tossing at least 200 innings in all but one season—2011, when he finished one shy of the mark with 199.
Back in November, 1500 ESPN's Darren Wolfson reported that Arroyo was looking for a three-year deal in the neighborhood of $27-$30 million per year.
Even with a relatively realistic asking price, Arroyo remains unsigned while unproven commodities, like Masahiro Tanaka, sign far more lucrative deals. The veteran spoke to ESPN's Jayson Stark (subscription required) about his frustration recently:
I get [Clayton] Kershaw. I get why he got all that money. But then you've got guys like Dice-K [Matsuzaka], who came over here and was good for the first couple years but then didn't pan out. And when he doesn't pan out, they all just forget and go on to the next guy who's not proven, and pay him.
Meanwhile, they forget about guys like me, who have done the job for the last eight or 10 years, and treat them like they've never done anything in this game. That's hard, man.
I don't even have an offer to turn down, so I might still be sitting here on March 1. I have no idea.
It's hard to imagine that Arroyo will go much longer without a new deal.
Having already added Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes to bolster what has been one of baseball's worst starting rotations over the past few seasons, the Twins need another reliable, veteran starter if they have any hope of contending for a playoff spot in 2014.
Wolfson reported that Minnesota had issue with the number of years that Arroyo was seeking, not the dollar amount of a potential deal. But Arroyo would be a perfect fit—and the Twins can't afford to miss out on adding another quality arm.
Minnesota GM Terry Ryan will begrudgingly give Arroyo the third year that he seeks to get a deal done.
Projected Deal: Signs a three-year, $27 million deal with Minnesota