Reds intend to pick up Bronson Arroyo's option for 2011

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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. 

2017 Preview: The American League Central

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For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2017 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the American League Central

Do the Indians have a weakness? Do the Tigers and Royals have one more playoff push in them or do they have to start contemplating rebuilds? The White Sox and Twins are rebuilding, but do either of them have a chance to be remotely competitive?

As we sit here in March, the answers are “not really,” “possibly,” and “not a chance.” There are no games that count this March, however, so they’re just guesses. But educated ones! Here are the links to our guesses and our education for all of the clubs of the AL Central:

Cleveland Indians
Detroit Tigers
Kansas City Royals
Chicago White Sox
Minnesota Twins

2017 Preview: The National League East

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For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2017 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the National League East

The Washington Nationals crave a playoff run that doesn’t end at the division series. The Mets crave a season in which they don’t have a press conference about an injured pitcher. The Marlins are trying to put the nightmare of the end of the 2016 behind them. The Phillies and Braves are hoping to move on from the “lose tons of games” phase of their rebuilds and move on to the “hey, these kids can play!” phase.

There is a ton of star power in the NL East — Harper, Scherzer, Cespedes, Syndergaard, Stanton, Freeman — some great young talent on ever roster and, in Ichiro and Bartolo, the two oldest players in the game. Maybe the division can’t lay claim to the best team in baseball, but there will certainly be some interesting baseball in the division.

Here’s how each team breaks down:

Washington Nationals
New York Mets
Miami Marlins
Philadelphia Phillies
Atlanta Braves