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Pirates still connected to Bronson Arroyo

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UPDATE: Arroyo signed with the Nationals.

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There have been at least a couple reports today connecting the Pirates to free agent starter Bronson Arroyo, to whom the Pirates were also connected back in December. Perhaps the most pertinent of today's reports is Mark Sheldon's.

Arroyo told on Monday that he threw a bullpen session in Cincinnati on Friday with Reds catching coach Mike Stefanski. No one from the Reds' front office was present, but the session was put on video for the club to watch. ...

The Marlins, Pirates and Padres have also expressed interest in Arroyo but have not made any serious overtures as of yet.

Arroyo heading back to the Reds -- who have a ton of uncertainty in their rotation and who don't have much to lose by bringing back an alum who's returning from injury -- makes a lot more sense than him signing with the Pirates.

Actually, at this point, the only way adding Arroyo would really work for the Pirates is if they wanted to set up a couple easy chairs and a fireplace in their clubhouse so that he and Ryan Vogelsong can tell "I had to walk six miles uphill to school" stories to their teammates about how bad being a Pirate used to be. It's hard to see much upside in the Bucs signing a soon-to-be-39-year-old who was already just an innings eater even before getting hurt, especially when they already have Vogelsong. My guess is that Arroyo will sign elsewhere, most likely with Cincinnati.