Twins met with Bronson Arroyo's agent, talks reportedly gaining steam
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After burning hot last week, baseball's hot stove could continue to simmer this week at the Winter Meetings in Orlando, Fla. And apparently the Twins are still in pursuit of pitching.
The team met today with Bronson Arroyo's agent, a source told 1500ESPN.com's Darren Wolfson.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports also reported that the talks between the Twins and Arroyo are "gaining momentum."
Sources: #Twins making push for Arroyo, talks gaining momentum.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 9, 2013
The Twins aren't the only team in the mix, according to Mark Sheldon, Cincinnati Reds beat reporter for MLB.com.
Arroyo wasn't aware of Pirates interest or talks. Other clubs are interested incl PHI, MIN, LAA. #reds— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) December 9, 2013
After adding Phil Hughes and Ricky Nolasco, signing Arroyo would represent the least inspiring of the three off-season additions for the Twins. He will turn 37 before the 2014 season starts and he struck out about 5 1/2 batters per nine innings a season ago (similar to Samuel Deduno's 2013 strikeout rate). Arroyo's fastball sits around 87 mph.
With that said, he did pitch 202 innings in each of the past two seasons and doesn't walk many batters. Arroyo would provide pitching depth, should the Twins make an offer and finalize a deal.