Right about this time, every year, the trade rumors in baseball begin flying. Who's buying? Who's selling? Who's wishing they could return players? One name that has been prevalent in those talks is Bronson Arroyo, pitcher and guitarist for the Cincinnati Reds.
As recently as Monday, the New York Daily News began to speculate that Arroyo could be a great replacement for the injured Chien-Ming Wang on the New York Yankees.
"Trade rumors," Arroyo said Sunday. "I know this is probably my best year in my whole career to be traded - we're not playing our best ball and my salary (nearly) triples next year"...[Arroyo] has been mentioned prominently in speculation in connection with just about any team in need of pitching.
Something tells me that interest and fervor might die down a tad after Arroyo's start last night in Toronto.
Here is how his final line read: 1 IP, 11 H, 10 ER, 1 BB, 3 HR.
Arroyo faced 15 batters - 12 of them reached base safely. He was finally lifted in the 2nd inning, before he was able to record an out, and his ERA rose nearly an entire run.
"That's a tough day at the yard right there," Reds manager Dusty Baker said, hoping to win the award for Understatement of the Night.
When reached for comment, Arroyo said, "Everrrry-one knows I'm innnn, Over my head! Over my head!"