Monday, June 22, 2009

Bronson Arroyo Rumored in Trades, Phillies a Possible Suitor

Bronson Arroyo may be a target for many teams looking for pitching prior to the trade deadline. With Homer Bailey, Justin Lehr, and Matt Maloney all pitching well in Triple-A, Arroyo has become expendable for the Redlegs.

Arroyo is currently making 9.5 million and will be making even more next year which may hurt the Reds if they're trying to get something good in return. Arroyo has pitched well at times with 8 wins and only 5 losses but has an ERA over 5 be case of a couple bad outings.

One team that has been rumored to be in need for pitching is the defending world series champs, the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies need a big time inning eater after losing Brett Myers and there current starting five isn't going to win them another championship: Cole Hamels, Jamie Moyer, Joe Blanton, J.A. Happ, and Antonio Bastardo. The Reds are in need of a power-hitting righty in the outfield and some names to look at are Jayson Werth, John Mayberry, and Michael Taylor.

Mayberry and Taylor intrigue me a little more than Werth. Mayberry can play OF or 1B and hit .277 with eight homers and 25 RBIs in 37 games for the Phillies Triple-A affiliate before taking over in left-field for the Phillies when Raul Ibanez headed to the DL. Mayberry is 6'6, 230+ and was a first-round pick by the Texas Rangers in 2005.

Taylor would be a little bit harder to get as he's one of the Phillies best prospects at 6-6, 260+ and has drawn comparisons to Ryan Howard. Taylor is hitting .329 with 12 HR's, 48 RB's and 10 SB's this season in the Phillies Double-A affiliate.

The two players I profiled are there power-hitting prospects but the Phillies have about three or four other outfielders that are high prospects as well.

What do you guys think about getting rid of Arroyo?


Adam said...

If we could get Taylor for Arroyo I would pull the trigger in a heartbeat. My thoughts on this deal will depend on what we can get for him. I like the idea of moving the salary, he is getting a lot of money, but he has been consistent. I think with Votto returning that is some more offense I just don't want to see us get rid of any prospects trying to win right now.

Brandon said...

I agree, it depends on what we get back. If we can get a power hitting right handed bat that plays leftfield, go for it. But, I don't want to just dump salary. I've never been a huge Arroyo guy, I think he makes way too much money for what you get, but he is a more than servicable #3 starter. He is pretty consistent. I don't want to trade him for prospects that can't help this year or next though, because this team is close to contention and its because of the strong pitching.