A baseball source confirmed a Boston Globe report that said the D-backs are planning to meet with free-agent pitcher Bronson Arroyo. The D-backs have been seeking a starting pitcher all winter, exploring trade possibilities for the Rays' David Price and the Cubs' Jeff Samardzija, and they were one of the finalists for the services of right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, who signed a $155 million deal with the Yankees. Matt Garza was another pitcher the D-backs had interest in, but he was able to get a four-year deal from the Brewers. Arizona general manager Kevin Towers had said during the Winter Meetings that he did not anticipate offering a deal longer than three years to any free agent pitcher other than Tanaka. Earlier this week the D-backs decided to take another look at possible free agents on the market, particularly Arroyo. Free-agent pitchers Ervin Santana and Ubaldo Jimenez are tied to Draft compensation, meaning the D-backs would have to surrender their first-round pick in this year's Draft should they sign one of them. Arroyo, however, would not cost a Draft pick.
Arroyo planning to meet with D-backs
MLB.com | Feb 6