According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said the club “definitely” plans to pick up the $11 million club option on Bronson Arroyo’s contract for next season.
Jocketty even stated that he would like to add years to the contract, so perhaps they’ll work out some sort of extension in lieu of the option year.
Arroyo, who turns 34 next April, went 17-10 with a 3.88 ERA and 121/59 K/BB ratio over 33 starts this season. He has logged at least 200 innings in each of the last six seasons. In fact, only three starters — Roy Halladay, Dan Haren and CC Sabathia — have thrown more innings than him since the start of the 2005 season. He’s obviously not in the class of the aforementioned trio, but he is a solid workhorse for a young starting rotation in Cincinnati.
Corey Dickerson of the Tampa Bay Rays wasn’t a super huge guy or anything, but he’s going to be smaller this year: he told reporters today that he’s lost 25 pounds. He attributes it to a new diet and a workout regimen and says it’ll help him with his running, swing and throwing.
Dickerson had a down year in 2016, so if losing 25 pounds is something he thinks will work for him he’s got nothing to lose. Of course the best way for him to improve his numbers is to convince the Rays to trade him back to Colorado, but that’s not likely.
As I note every spring, “Best Shape of His Life” stories aren’t really about players being in The Best Shape of Their Lives. They’re about players and agents seeking to create positive stories.
We know this because the vast majority of Best Shape of His Life claims are about guys who were either injured the season before, guys who had subpar years the season before or players whose conditioning was a point of controversy the season before. These folks, or their agents + reporters who have little if nothing to write about in the offseason = BSOHL.
James McCann hurt his ankle last season and had a subpar year at the plate. So not only is he a perfect BSOHL candidate, he went old school with the claim and hit it right on the money, verbatim:
Spring training is less than a month away, folks!