Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that the field of applicants in the running for Bronson Arroyo’s services has been narrowed down to four teams: the Reds and Twins, and two unnamed teams. ESPN’s Buster Olney reported earlier that the Reds will offer Arroyo a one-year deal. As for the Twins, Heyman notes that they’re still talking with Mike Pelfrey as well.
Despite his reputation as a slop-thrower, Arroyo has been quite effective in recent years, posting a sub-4.00 ERA in four of the past five seasons. He turns 37 years old on February 24, so a multi-year deal is a bit of a risk, though to his credit, he has appeared to get better rather than worse with age.
As you’ll recall, we have a new All-Star voting system in place this year. It’s a two-tiered system.
The “the Primary,” is underway and runs through June 21. That’s just the regular “vote for whoever you want stuff.” After it’s over, the top three vote-getters at each position will then be placed on a new ballot — “The Starter’s Election” — from which fans will then vote again during a single 28-hour period to decide who starts the All-Star Game. The results of that will be announced on June 27. The bench guys and pitchers and stuff will be chosen as usual, with full rosters announced a couple of days later.
Major League Baseball just gave us an update of who’s leading the primary. The overall leaders at each position break down thusly:
Here are the more extensive leaderboards, with the shaded names belonging to players who, if voting stopped now, would make the second round. First, the American League:
And now the National League:
Vote early, vote often.