Originally Posted by REDREAD
IMO, Bronson has earned every penny of his contract this year.
3.87 ERA.. on pace for about 200 IP.. Pitched great in the beginning of the year when the other guys were struggling.
Now granted, a team like the Reds can't afford to have 5 Arroyos in their rotation, but they can keep one.
If the playoffs started tommorrow, I'd really be tempted to put Arroyo in the #3 slot now, mainly because I think he's a safer bet not to get blown out of the water.. Leake and Homer are both bigger risks at this point, IMO.
If Arroyo can give us this level of production next year (not a given), this was a great extension, IMO. Yep, he stunk last year due to mono, other injuries, and perhaps not realizing his FB lost some zip.. but he turned it around this year, when we really needed him to ..
Arroyo is benefiting from a career low in walks it appears. Can he sustain that for the rest of the year? It's not that he's being vastly overpaid, it's that putting Chapman in his place, who is already paid for, makes a lot of sense. The money being used to pay Arroyo could free up salary to go out and get a better CF, improve the bullpen or buy a better utility infielder. Or a combination.