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Source: Report that Mets will meet with Bronson Arroyo 'not true' at this point

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo throws to

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo throws to the New York Mets in the first inning of a baseball game. (July 27, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

Despite reports of the Mets' plans to meet with free agent Bronson Arroyo in the coming week, a source said late Saturday that it is "not true" at this point.

The Mets are looking to strengthen a rotation hurt by the loss of Matt Harvey to Tommy John surgery, but it is unclear if Arroyo fits into their plans.

ESPN New York reported Saturday that general manager Sandy Alderson intends to talk with Arroyo at his Tampa home, but it is unclear what the price tag will be for the exceptionally durable righthander, who has never pitched less than 199 innings or made fewer than 32 starts in the past nine years.

Arroyo, 36, went 14-12 with a 3.79 ERA last season for the Reds, and as a fly-ball pitcher, he likely would benefit from Citi Field's spacious dimensions. Last week, Arroyo said on WFAN that he had received calls from the Phillies, Orioles, Dodgers, Angels, Giants and Twins.

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