The Mets and Reds are both "pushing hard" to land free agent starter Bronson Arroyo, while the Twins have declined to make an offer, according to Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500 in Minneapolis.
Arroyo went 14-12 with a 3.79 ERA over 202 innings for the Reds last season. The 36-year-old has been the definition of a workhorse in his 14-year career, pitching more than 200 innings every season since 2005, except for 2011 when he missed that mark by just one inning. He has a 4.19 ERA in 391 games and 355 starts in his career.
The Mets are seeking a short-term option to help the back of their rotation thanks to the loss of Matt Harvey for 2014 to Tommy John surgery. Speaking to Adam Rubin of ESPN NewYork, owner Jeff Wilpon explained-
"Matt getting hurt has taken away unquestionably a guy who looked like he was going to be our ace. It changes things a little bit. We don't need an extra pitcher if Matt is the guy there. And you might use the resources elsewhere."
It is little surprise that the Reds are still in on Arroyo, who has been a member of their rotation since 2006, but the Twins had been considered the favorites in the bidding yesterday, per reports from Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, so their lack of an offer here represents a new development.
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