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Reds sign Bronson Arroyo to minor-league deal

The righty passed his physical, meaning his return to Cincinnati is official.

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The Reds have agreed to a minor-league deal with righty Bronson Arroyo, according to MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon. A source told SBN earlier in the week that a deal was “likely” between the sides.

Arroyo, who turns 40 this month, has not appeared in the majors since 2014, when he made 14 starts with the Diamondbacks after leaving the Reds for a two-year, $23.5 million deal in Arizona. He has dealt with Tommy John surgery and a torn rotator cuff tendon over the last two years, but will re-join the Reds in hopes of logging innings at the major-league level.

Arroyo joins Scott Feldman as new additions in a Reds’ rotation mix that also includes Homer Bailey, Anthony DeSclafani, Brandon Finnegan and Robert Stephenson. While it is unclear if Arroyo will be ready for full participation in spring training, it will be interesting to follow his return to the Reds’ organization after two seasons.

Arroyo spent eight years in Cincinnati from 2006 to 2013, notching 105 wins and a 4.05 ERA while logging at least 199 innings in every season.