Cincinnati Reds Pitcher Bronson Arroyo Clears Waivers: Is a Trade Coming?

Cliff EasthamSenior Writer IIAugust 15, 2011

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 07: Bronson Arroyo #61 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on August 7, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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According to a tweet by John Fay, Bronson Arroyo has cleared waivers and the Reds can do what they want with the durable right-hander.

He is a money pit now if the Reds have any inclinations of dealing him to another team. If he was traded to another squad, he would receive $15 million, which is deferred. That is money Arroyo could put in the bank as well as whatever deal he would get with somebody else.

He is off of his game somewhat this season, carrying a 7-9 record along with a 5.31 ERA. He also has given up a league leading 33 home runs so far. He leads the league in ER given up as well at 87.

Since the All-Star break the 34-year-old workhorse is 0-2 with an ERA of 4.58 in six starts, only two of which would classify as quality starts.

The Reds pitching staff has been a point of criticism most of the year. The rotation has had its ups and downs but lately had appeared to be in the process of righting the ship.

Opponents are batting a hefty .289 against him this season, lefties doing the bulk of the damage at .336.

Arroyo hasn't won a game since beating the Baltimore Orioles 10-5 on June 25, starting eight games without a win.

If the Reds are looking for starting pitchers, Rich Harden and Ted Lilly have both been placed on waivers.

I believe they need another good arm coming in from outside the organization. There are too many live arms who are not quite ready to be a force in the major leagues, toiling in the minors.

Some purging will need to be done by Dusty Baker, et al in the offseason. I can only hope a decent pitcher is traded for.

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