Via longtime Reds beat writer John Fay, in his new job at WCPO.com …
CINCINNATI — Bronson Arroyo was in town Wednesday. He took Reds clubhouse guys, Rick Stowe and Josh Stewart, to lunch at the Holy Grail.
But this visit wasn’t just a social one.
Arroyo, a free agent, is interested returning to the Reds. Arroyo said he had breakfast recently with Reds manager Bryan Price and the two talked about Arroyo returning.
Arroyo missed all of 2015 and made only 14 appearances in 2014 following Tommy John surgery.
He expects to be fully ready for the beginning of the 2016 season, telling Fay on Wednesday that his elbow “finally started feeling 100 percent five days ago.”
Cincinnati has entered into a full rebuild, but the 2016 squad is going to need somebody to eat innings and Arroyo might make some practical sense on a low-base, high-incentive one-year deal. If he pitches well and proves his health, he could become an early trade chip.
The veteran right-hander pitched to a 3.82 ERA and 1.20 WHIP between 2012-2014.
Congratulations are in order for Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta, who was named the 2015 National League Cy Young Award winner Wednesday by the Baseball Writers Association of America.
Arrieta topped Dodgers co-aces Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw, earning 17 first-place votes to Greinke’s 10 and Kershaw’s three.
Arrieta had a sparkling 1.77 ERA, 0.865 WHIP, and 236/48 K/BB ratio in 229 innings this season for Chicago, leading the club to the playoffs for the first time since 2008. He threw a no-hitter, three shutouts, and led all major league pitchers with four complete games.
The 29-year-old Arrieta was especially dominant in the second half of the regular season, managing a 0.75 ERA in 107 1/3 innings between July 19 and October 2.
This is the third major BBWAA award for the Cubs this offseason, with third baseman Kris Bryant capturing National League Rookie of the Year honors on Monday and manager Joe Maddon being named the National League Manager of the Year on Tuesday.
Dallas Keuchel won the 2015 Cy Young Award in the American League.
The Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) announced Wednesday night on MLB Network that Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel has been named the winner of the 2015 Cy Young Award in the American League. He easily beat out David Price of the Blue Jays (and Tigers), securing 22 of a possible 30 first-place votes. Price got the other eight first-place votes. Sonny Gray of the A’s came in third.
Keuchel posted a stellar 2.48 ERA and 1.017 WHIP in 33 starts this season for Houston, striking out 216 batters in an American League-pacing 232 innings. He then led the Astros to a win over the Yankees in the American League Wild Card Game with six shutout frames and made two appearances against the Royals in the American League Division Series.
Keuchel also fielded his position well enough in 2015 to capture his second Gold Glove Award, and he was named an American League All-Star for the first time.
There should be many more accolades to come for this 27-year-old southpaw.
From Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports comes word that the Athletics have reached agreement on a one-year, $6 million free agent contract with veteran left-hander Rich Hill.
Hill drew free agent interest from close to a dozen clubs after posting a 1.55 ERA, 0.66 WHIP, and 36/5 K/BB ratio in 29 innings (four starts) this past season for the Red Sox. He has experience both as a starter and reliever, though Passan says the 35-year-old southpaw chose Oakland because he was guaranteed a rotation spot for 2016.
O.co Coliseum is a pretty good spot for any pitcher. It’s a nice fit for both sides.
Though we should maybe mention that Hill has made just 22 starts in MLB since 2007.
As first reported by Chris Cotillo of SB Nation, the Brewers have re-signed infielder Hernan Perez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Cotillo notes that the Tigers were also expressing interest in Perez.
The 24-year-old batted .270/.281/.365 with one home run and 21 RBI in 90 games this past season for Milwaukee while making appearances defensively at second base, third base, first base, and shortstop. He is a .235/.251/.307 career hitter in 351 career plate appearances at the major league level.
Barring some major additions this offseason, Perez has a pretty good shot at cracking the Brewers’ Opening Day roster in 2016 as a utilityman.