Bronson Arroyo free agency: Dodgers remain interested in pitcher

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The Dodgers are looking for someone to sign short-term, which could be Arroyo if he eases off his request for a three-year contract.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are still interested in signing a starting pitcher and remain active in talks for free agent Bronson Arroyo, according to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports.

Since losing out on Masahiro Tanaka, the Dodgers have reportedly been looking at cheaper options to plug into the rotation. Arroyo would come with the added bonus of not requiring the forfeiture of a draft pick, unlike pitchers such as Ervin Santana and Ubaldo Jimenez.

Arroyo has reportedly been looking to sign a three-year deal this offseason, but has so far struggled to find any takers for a deal of that length. In fact, he has reportedly yet to receive one solid contract offer this offseason. A strong two-year offer may be enough to land Arroyo at this point, with spring training just days away.

Bringing in Arroyo would give the Dodgers four starters that are guaranteed (as much as pitchers can be) to toss 200 innings. The club already has a front three of Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu. Currently, Dan Haren, Josh Beckett and Chad Billingsley are set to fight for the fourth and fifth spots in the rotation. Arroyo would reduce competition to just one spot.

Over the last few years, the soon-to-be 37-year-old Arroyo has been one of baseball's most consistent pitchers, with an ERA between 3.74-3.88 in four of the past five seasons. He has also thrown at least 199 innings in each of the last nine years and, despite his age, has shown no signs of slowing down. Arroyo relies more on command than overpowering stuff.

In addition to the Dodgers, the Baltimore Orioles and Arizona Diamondbacks have been among the most often-mentioned teams in pursuit of Arroyo.

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