Bronson Arroyo opens up about free agency

Bronson Arroyo opens up about free agency

Phightin Words: Filling out the pitching rotation

November 20, 2013, 9:00 am
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Bronson Arroyo has pitched 199 or more innings in each of his last nine seasons. (AP)

Bronson Arroyo is a highly-sought after starting pitcher on the free-agent market this offseason (see story).

Jim Salisbury has reported that the 36-year-old righty has been discussed internally by the Phillies (see story), and according to Arroyo, the team has called expressing its interest.

Speaking with Mike Francesa on 660 WFAN radio Tuesday, Arroyo said the Phillies along with the Orioles, Angels, Dodgers, Giants and Twins have called, while the Mets and Yankees have not.

In the interview, Arroyo opened up on a number of topics regarding free agency.

Here’s some of what he had to say:

On the Reds
“They love me there and I know they respect the things that I bring to the table, but at the end of the day, it’s just like everything else on the planet, man. It’s run by the dollar bill. I think they only want to come so far in their budget.”

On any preferences
“I really don’t have a favorite place and I don’t have any places that I’m discouraged by.

“I’m interested in anybody that’s interested in me.”

On what’s most important
“It’s a little bit of everything. It’s probably the last contract, or close to the last contract I’ll get. I’m 36.

“But I also think that going to a place where I feel like I have the opportunity to make the postseason is huge as well.

“I don’t want to go to a ballclub where I put up 22 quality starts in a season and win nine ballgames -- that’s tough, especially for a guy who’s aging.”

On his durability
“I’m going to pitch 200 innings no matter what, unless I get hit in the face with a line drive.”

On pitching in NL or AL
“If I had my rathers, I probably would stay in the National League. It’s not going to dictate my whole thing, but I’m saying in a perfect world.”

On size of ballparks
“There’s a lot of [ballparks] -- like Philly and ours in Cincinnati that are just so small.

“I have a tendency to give up a lot of solo homers.”

On what he expects/would like
“I think two or three years is definitely more important.

“I definitely feel like I’ve got three years left in my body, 100 percent. And after that, if I feel the same way I do right now at 39, then I’m going to keep on pitching because I feel great, I feel like I’m 20 still.”

To listen to full interview on WFAN, click here.