Bronson Arroyo: 'I don't even have an offer to turn down'

Jonah Birenbaum

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Veteran right-hander Bronson Arroyo claims he's had contract discussions with a dozen teams this offseason, but the 36-year-old still isn't close to signing a deal, reports ESPN's Jayson Stark.

"I don't even have an offer to turn down," he said. "So I might still be sitting here on March 1. I have no idea."

Arroyo, who's logged at least 199 innings for nine consecutive seasons, vented his frustration with how the starting pitching market has developed this winter, suggesting he's a more attractive commodity than some of the other free agents who have already signed deals.

"I get [Clayton] Kershaw. I get why he got all that money. But then you've got guys like Dice-K [Matsuzaka], who came over here and was good for the first couple years but then didn't pan out. And when he doesn't pan out, they all just forget and go on to the next guy who's not proven, and pay him."

"Meanwhile, they forget about guys like me, who have done the job for the last eight or 10 years, and treat them like they've never done anything in this game. That's hard, man."

"I don't know what to do. I'm not trying to break the bank. But I am a guy who's performed for the last 10 years as consistently as anybody in the game. And for some reason, nobody's thrown me an offer yet."