Pending free agent Arroyo loves 'whole vibe' of San Francisco

Pending free agent Arroyo loves 'whole vibe' of San Francisco
August 28, 2013, 12:45 pm
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Bronson Arroyo, 36, has never missed a start over his 14-year MLB career. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

If you can't beat him, sign him?

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo owns a lifetime 2.69 ERA against the San Francisco Giants in the regular season and pitched seven innings of one-hit shutout ball in Game 2 of the 2012 NLDS that put the eventual World Series champions on the brink of elimination.

Arroyo, set to hit free agency after this season, was asked about his offseason options and did not hold back when asked about The City by The Bay.

"I love San Francisco," Arroyo said, according to USA Today. "I love the whole vibe of the city. I love walking down the street and see a guy in a tuxedo, two guys holding hands and some girl with tattoos riding a skateboard. I love the eclecticness of the city."

Arroyo also expressed a desire to stay with the Reds, but as a first-time free agent at the age of 36, he realizes that money must be a factor in his decision.

"To be honest, it's going to be sad if I have to leave [Cincinnati]," Arroyo said. "There will only be one reason why, and that's the dollar bill."

The Giants may be able to offer Arroyo a lucrative contract with $45 million coming off the books with the contracts of Tim Lincecum and Barry Zito expiring.

Arroyo shares some similarities with Zito, such as a love of the guitar, a fastball that lives in the 80s and a knee-buckling curveball. One major difference between the two, other than their throwing arms, is durability. While Zito has missed starts due to both injuries and, more recently, being moved to the bullpen, Arroyo hasn't ever missed an assignment over his 14 MLB seasons.

"I try to stay a humble guy, but we all got somewhat of an ego," Arroyo told USA Today. "If we didn't, we wouldn't be able to compete. Mine lies mostly in my durability and my consistency."

While Lincecum and the Giants may come to terms on a new contract, it seems unlikely that Zito will return to San Francisco. If the Giants are looking for a new No. 5 starter, Arroyo is an option that they know would at least have mutual interest.

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