The New York Mets and Bronson Arroyo are "heavily involved" in contract negotiations, according to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish. The soon-to-be 37-year-old pitcher has spent the last eight seasons with the Cincinnati Reds but is perhaps best known for being a part of the Red Sox' World Series win in 2004.
For his career, Arroyo has a 4.19 ERA ERA and 104 ERA+, the latter of which suggests he's been better than league average when adjusting for his league and park. He's been as durable a starting pitcher as there is in the game, having made at least 32 starts in every season since 2005.
This year, Arroyo posted a 3.79 ERA and 4.49 FIP in 202.0 innings of work. In his career, his ERA is three-tenths of a run better than his FIP, and the fielding-independent metric figures to improve with a move out of hitter-friendly Cincinnati.
Cotillo says the Mets' main competition for Arroyo is currently the Minnesota Twins, whose rotation got a boost with the team's signing of Ricky Nolasco but still needs a lot of help. If the Mets are able to sign Arroyo, it wouldn't be all that exciting a move, but it would give Sandy Alderson the type of durable arm he said he was seeking this winter.