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The Reds, Bronson Arroyo might ink a deal this week. Votto, Bruce and Volquez to come?

Nov 8, 2010, 9:06 AM EDT

Bronson Arroyo

Boy, Rosenthal is chock full-o-rumorly goodness this morning, isn’t he? After the Uggla and Boras stuff, he passes along word that the Reds and Bronson Arroyo will likely do a two-year deal this week. Actually a three-year deal, as Arroyo’s $13 million option for 2011 — which has already been picked up — would wrapped into the deal, setting the baseline price. Rosenthal believes it will be a $36-39 million deal in all.  As we’ve said before, Arroyo is nice durable starter. It’s possible that, yeah, he’ll be a nice durable below average starter by the time 2013 rolls around, but in a world of unsure bets, Arroyo is about as safe as they come.

Rosenthal adds that the Reds’ long term dealing may not end with Arroyo, though, as Joey Votto, Jay Bruce and Edinson Volquez are all arbitration eligible.  I agree with Robo that Votto may be well-served to go to arbitration this year and wait a year to do a long term deal, what with Prince Fielder, Albert Pujols and Adrian Gonzalez all likely doing much to raise the salary ceiling for first basemen. And it’s not like he’d leave a ton on the table in 2011 if he went to arbitration, with Ryan Howard’s epic deals serving as decent enough comps for arbitration purposes.

 

  1. metalhead65 - Nov 8, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    why wouldn’t the rds do the smart thing and lock up arroyo?he may not be cy young material but he is still the best starter they have.he may not have the best stuff on the staff but he knows how to use what he has and goes more than 5 innings a game on a consistant basis unlike the young guys they have. why worry about giving volquez a big money long term deal?he has done nothing to earn that or a big raise in arbitration!he has had 1 good half season in the majors and that was 2 years ago when he came over in the worst deal in reds history if not the major leagues.unless he suddenly gets it and wins the next 2 cy young awards then he does not deserve any more than what he is already being over paid for!and please don’t give any of these new made up stats that try and prove a player is better than he is,as a reds fan I can assure he is not!

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 8, 2010 at 1:55 PM

    Lock ‘em all up, Walt. I’d worry about Volquez turning into an inconsistent Javier Vazquez-type, though.

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