Scottsdale, AZ, United States (4E Sports) – The Arizona Diamondbacks signed free-agent right-hander Bronson Arroyo to a two-year deal worth $23.5 million with a club option.
He will make $9.5 million in 2014 and ’15. The D-backs will owe Arroyo a $4.5 million buyout if they decidde not to pick up the option in 2016 for $11 million.
Arroyo, 36, was 14-12 with a 3.79 ERA last season for the Reds. Over the last nine seasons, he has thrown at least 199 innings.
His longevity also generated interest from the Los Angeles Dodgers and Baltimore Orioles.
The D-backs do not have to surrender their first-round pick in this year’s First-Year Player Draft for signing Arroyo, unlike the case with other free-agent pitchers like Ervin Santana and Ubaldo Jimenez.
“I can’t speak for the other 29 clubs, but it would take a special player for us to give up our first-round pick,” said D-backs general manager Kevin Towers.
The D-backs’ rotation appears to be set with Patrick Corbin, Arroyo, Wade Miley, Brandon McCarthy and Trevor Cahill.