The Yankees are in serious discussions with the Reds about acquiring Bronson Arroyo, although right now the deal may be hinging on how much of Arroyo’s remaining contract the Reds are willing to eat, major league sources told FanHouse on Monday. “It will get done,” one source said.
I think this would be a terrible trade for the Yankees. Arroyo has been bad on the road and at home for the Reds. However, before condemning, let me try and understand the Yankees’ thinking for a moment. Over the past 3 seasons in particular, Arroyo has become a second-half performer. His post-AS splits include a 3.90 ERA, a 1.28 WHIP and a .254 BAA. Last season, he posted a 5.97 ERA prior to the All-Star break, and then put together a 3.47 ERA after the All-Star break. The Yankees are probably interested in those numbers. Let’s hope that, if Cashman does trade for Arroyo, his splits will translate to his old home, the AL East.
UPDATE - If Fletcher’s report is accurate, it would contradict Tyler Kepner’s writeup from earlier today, in which he noted that the Yankees “have zero interest in Bronson Arroyo of Cincinnati.”
UPDATE - According to Ed Price, the Yankees have 2 scouts in Cincinnati and Arroyo is expected to start tomorrow. Still, the scouting presence in Cincy indicates that something is brewing, to paraphrase Price. I’d like to see the Yankees acquire Aaron Harang instead of Arroyo. Maybe we’ll hear more after tomorrow.
UPDATE - Is Hal Steinbrenner’s presence being felt? The Yankees seem to want the Reds to take on more of Arroyo’s contract. Others—like Tyler Kepner and Peter Abraham—are reporting that there’s no chance the Yankees go for Arroyo.
(props to MLBTR)