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Braves, Reds Discussing Arroyo

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We had three big holes coming into the trade deadline. A southpaw reliever out of the pen, an upgrade at first base, and a starter for the middle of the rotation. It's a day before the deadline and John Schuerholz has already acquired the first, more than done the second, and most likely added the top reliever on the market in Octavio Dotel to the mix. Now we are hearing that he is also going after the last on the list. Yahoo's Tim Brown is reporting that the Braves and Reds have discussed Right-hander Bronson Arroyo, something that I speculated on earlier in the season. Say what you want about the trades, but you can't fault Schuerholz for trying to bring another World Series trophy to Atlanta. Arroyo has under-performed this year, as has the rest of the Cincinnati ball club, which looked to be on the way up. After posting a 3.29 ERA in his first season with the Reds, he signed a long-term deal that is considered below market value. The 30-year old right-hander has an ERA of 4.33 on the season, although he has pitched much better of late with a July ERA of 2.62. Arroyo is the epitome of a middle-of-the-rotation workhorse. He has very good command, decent strikeout rates, an ERA in the upper-3's or lower-4's and eats innings for breakfast with almost 140 so far this year even through his struggles for three months. If this trade does get done, Arroyo could be a Brave for a while. The last year of his old deal is next year, when he'll earn just under $4 million. After that, he has an extension for the '09-'10 seasons with a club option for the 2011 season. He is owed $9.5 million in 2009 and $11 million in 2010. The option is $11 million but could move up to $13 million based on incentives for innings pitched. It also carries a $2 million buyout. This is quite a bit under market value for a player of his caliber but getting the Reds to pick up some of it would be nice. The price-tag will be hefty though. Yunel Escobar seems to be untouchable for the Braves and the Reds do have decent depth in the middle infield. Still, Jo-Jo Reyes would almost definitely have to go (something I'm not too concerned about) along with some lower level pitching prospect probably. Scott Thorman and Wil Ledezma both were DFA'd and both could conceivably fit with the Reds. Thorman would be jacking balls out of that little-league field left and right, and could be a replacement for Dunn in left if the team chooses to move the slugger. Ledezma has the potential scouts love and the Reds are always looking for pitching. One more day and we'll no for sure.

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