ORLANDO - While the market for the top starting pitchers available in free agency seems to be in a holding pattern -- likely due to the issues with whether or not Masahiro Tanaka will be posted -- starters like Bronson Arroyo continue to be courted.
As things stand now, it appears the list of suitors for Arroyo is taking shape.
Sources: #Twins making push for Arroyo, talks gaining momentum.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 9, 2013
The Pirates have also been connected to Arroyo in rumors, but it sounds like the Twins are the leader in the clubhouse right now.
Arroyo, 36, was 14-12 with a 3.79 ERA (101 ERA+), 1.15 WHIP and 124 strikeouts in 202 innings last season. He did lead the NL in home runs allowed, with 32, but 19 of those came in homer-friendly Great American Ball Park.
The biggest strength Arroyo has is his durability. In every single season from 2005-13, Arroyo has made at least 32 starts and worked at least 199 innings.