How this works
Every other day, from now through to Christmas, we'll open up discussion on a particular player who made a meaningful contribution to the 2014 Diamondbacks. [I've drawn the line at 125 PA or 20 innings] There will be two sections. Firstly, a poll where you rate them from 5 ("Highly satisfied") down to 1 ("Very dissatisfied"): it's entirely up to you what criteria you use for the number. Secondly, the comments below, where you can talk about the reasons for your vote, etc. Things to discuss include, but are not limited to:
- Pre-season expectations
- 2014 performance: strengths and weaknesses, etc.
- Health and other mitigating factors
- How they'll help the team in 2015, their role, etc.
Three days down the line, we'll collate the votes, calculate a final average score, and write up the consensus of SnakePit thought into an appraisal. Here is a quick overview of today's candidate for your consideration.
Bronson Arroyo, RHP
- DOB: 2/24/1977
- 2014 Salary: $9.5 million
- 2014 performance: 14 starts, 86.0 IP, 4.08 ERA, 4.32 FIP, 47 K, 19 BB, 7-4 record
- 2014 value: 0.7 bWAR, 0.5 fWAR.
The Diamondbacks' biggest free-agent signing of last winter, Arroyo was brought in to stabilize the rotation, but things didn't work out as planned. The veteran right-hander had made 32 starts every year since 2004, but didn't make even half that for Arizona, as a torn UCL caused Arroyo to be added to the list of our Tommy John victims in mid-June, despite efforts to pitch through the injury. To that point. Bronson had been intermittently effective, including a three-start spell in early May where he allowed one earned run over 23.1 innings. But there was also a three-game spell in early April, where he gave up 17 ER in 13.2 innings.