Adam Rubin now reports that the Mets are not super high on Arroyo, and a meeting may never take place, according to a team official.
On Saturday, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told MMO that Arroyo would be willing to meet with the Mets, but that “no such date or plans for a meeting had ever been set with the Mets” despite earlier reports to the contrary.
“There’s no truth to it.”
After I reported that, the nest day, both Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe and David Lennon of Newsday, confirmed what I posted and debunked this fictional meet-up that was to happen this week in Tampa.
Arroyo, 37, is looking for a three-year deal, but could accept a two-year deal with a vesting option according to Rubin.
There’s no chance he accepts a two year deal in my opinion. No way. No how. Why should he?
The Minnesota Twins are reportedly very interested in the veteran righthander who has expressed a desire to play on the East Coast.
I’ll continue to update this post as more details become available.
Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, reports that the “Mets are in” on signing free agent starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo. However, no mainstream reporters like Jon Heyman, Ken Rosenthal or Joel Sherman have confirmed the report. The Mets have not confirmed the report directly or anonymously through a team source.
Mike Francesa of WFAN had Arroyo on as a guest and the righthander said he has not been contacted by the Mets even though he would like to stay on the East Coast and play in New York. Arroyo also said that a couple of teams told him, “if any team makes you an offer, don’t say yes until you speak to us and give us a chance to top it.”
Nine days ago, Arroyo also told ESPN’s Buster Olney that the only teams that have contacted him and his agent were the Phillies, Dodgers, Angels, Twins and Orioles. The Twins are reportedly still the favorites according to Olney and several other reports.
Arroyo posted a 3.79 ERA and 124/34 K/BB ratio over 32 starts with the Reds this past season and has pitched 200 innings or more for nine straight years.