(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) — The Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to a two-year, $23.5 million contract with free-agent starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo Friday, according to ESPN MLB Insider Jerry Crasnick.
The deal pays Arroyo $9.5 million in base salary for 2014 and 2015. The contract also includes an $11 million club option for 2016 with a $4.5 million buyout.
The Diamondbacks have been looking for starting pitching depth all offseason. They examined trades involving the Cubs’ Jeff Samardzija and the Rays’ David Price. Arizona was also in the running for Japanese starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, who ended up signing with the Yankees.
The 36-year-old Arroyo has pitched for the Reds since 2006. Last season he threw 202 innings compiling a 14-12 record with a 3.65 ERA, 1.15 ERA and 124 strikeouts.
Arroyo joins a D-backs’ rotation that includes Wade Miley, Brandon McCarthy, Trevor Cahill and Patrick Corbin.
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