Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo delivers in the fourth inning during Game 2 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants in San Francisco, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Target: Bronson Arroyo, RHP
2013 stats: 14-12, 3.79 ERA, 202 innings, 2 complete games, 32 home runs allowed with the Cincinnati Reds
With Derek Holland's injury, the Texas Rangers are looking for a decently average starting pitcher to help pick up the slack as their No. 2 starter is slated to miss the first few months of the 2014 season. Arroyo is probably just what the Rangers are hoping to land. He's still available, which tells you the market isn't huge for him, but he's serviceable and could be a good No. 3 starter who eats up innings. In fact, Arroyo has led the league in innings pitched before and has pitched 202 innings in each of the past two seasons. Since 2005, Arroyo has just one season under 200 innings, and it came in 2011 when he pitched 199 innings.
He's a pitch-to-contact pitcher and he gives up home runs, which is not awfully desirable in Rangers Ballpark, but think Colby Lewis in his better days in Texas, and Arroyo will pretty much give you that, minus the strikeouts. He's been part of winning teams before and was a key figure in helping the Boston Red Sox win the 2004 World Series, and by all accounts he's a likeable guy that should fit in nicely in the clubhouse.