Bronson Arroyo signs a three-year extension with the Reds

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The Reds recently exercised Bronson Arroyo’s $11 million option for 2011. It has now been torn up and replaced by a three-year extension worth $35 million reports Ken Rosenthal.

Arroyo once looked like he’d be a free agent this winter, what with a contract that seemed overpriced on a non-contender. But then a funny thing happened. The Reds started winning, Arroyo kept on taking the mound every fifth day and he kept on getting guys out at a pretty steady clip.  He went 17-10 in 2010, with a 3.88 ERA in 215 innings. His strikeouts are down a touch from his peak but his walk rate is pretty steady. In a world where Zach Duke gets $4.5 million a year, paying Arroyo $11.6 million a year doesn’t seem crazy at all.

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with injury

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Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.

The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.