Bronson Arroyo traded
After an offseason full of rumors, most of which had him coming to Seattle, and then a contract extension that reportedly came with a handshake agreement that he wouldn’t be traded, Bronsono Arroyo was traded to the Cincinatti Reds for Wily Mo Pena today.
After being so successful with flyball pitcher Eric Milton last year, the Reds apparently are going back to the well, acquiring another flyball pitcher who needs his defense to keep him in the ballgame. And, when you have the worst outfield defense in baseball, that’s generally a bad idea.
I’m still thrilled that the M’s didn’t swap Jeremy Reed for Arroyo, but in the end, it looks like that was a wise non-trade for the Red Sox, as well. Wily Mo is lousy with the glove, but the kid’s got serious, serious power, and he’s clearly more valuable to the Red Sox than Jeremy Reed would have been.