I guess Bronson Arroyo still hasn't been very good for a while. While his velocity is reportedly up, there hasn't been much indication that it's gotten him anywhere. I'm not looking for a sparkling spring line, just some signs that his breaking stuff is breaking and his many modes of deception are doing some deceiving. If you want to call Arroyo a junk-baller, it doesn't mean he can't be successful. But the junk has to be in the trunk. Judging by that terrible turn of phrase, I have as much to work on as Bronson.
There aren't many weekends on the calendar when this many teams from the Tri-State area are all playing. Today alone, the Reds and Indians join OSU, Indiana, UK and Louisville in a jamboree of Mid-Southerno-Great-Lakes sports. In NCAA terms, Arroyo is the 6th-year senior just trying to slip through the cracks.
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There have been scattered reports that the Reds will be cl(ann)ad in green hats today. Please someone confirm with the Reds' press corps. I'm on assignment investigating whether Dontrelle Willis has signed with a team this offseason.
In all seriousness, wouldn't Dontrelle Willis be helpful? I doubt he'd be thrilled about coming back to Cincinnati to fill the same role he did last season, which delayed his MLB return until after the All Star Break, and possibly with even less opportunity to start. But he did seem to have a good experience with the Reds.
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