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Bronson Arroyo hasn’t heard from Reds, doesn’t expect qualifying offer

Oct 8, 2013, 1:48 PM EDT

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Bronson Arroyo will be a free agent after spending the past eight seasons in Cincinnati and the 36-year-old right-hander told Mark Sheldon of that he hasn’t had any extension talks with the Reds:

I’ve heard not a word. The sense I have, I don’t think they’ll make me a [qualifying] offer. They would have to offer me $13-14 million for me to stay anyway. I haven’t had one conversation with them. They could be taking care of other things or other issues. The sense I get is by not having any conversation with me, is they’re going in a different direction.

Arroyo has been a very solid mid-rotation starter into his mid-30s, posting a sub-4.00 ERA in four of the past five seasons and tossing at least 199 innings in nine consecutive years, but the Reds can save a ton of money by turning his rotation spot over to left-hander Tony Cingrani.

As pointed out in the above quote by Arroyo it’s possible that the Reds could make him a qualifying offer, in which case he could accept it and return on a one-year deal worth around $14 million. If he declined and signed elsewhere, the Reds would get draft pick compensation. But at age 36 and coming off a mediocre season it would probably make sense for Arroyo to just take the $14 million and Cincinnati is already strapped for cash.

  1. jm91rs - Oct 8, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    It’ll be a little sad to see him in another uniform, but that’s just way too much money for a team that was all in on this year and didn’t get over the hump.

  2. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 8, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Mets, if there is no draft pick cost. Did they play badly enough to have a protected pick in the coming draft?

    • sdelmonte - Oct 8, 2013 at 2:53 PM

      Yup. The Mets had the tenth worst record.

  3. chill1184 - Oct 8, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Arroyo would a good fit for Citi Field’s canyon if his demands don’t break the bank

  4. cabrera24 - Oct 8, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Is he really worth 14 million for a one year contract ? No way !

  5. hushbrother - Oct 8, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    A Schilling story and an Arroyo story – all we need are Pedro, Wakefield and Lowe stories and the day will be set.

  6. jsally430 - Oct 8, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    this has twins “ace” written all over it

  7. contraryguy - Oct 8, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    He’ll be 37 by the time he steps on a mound in Spring Training.

    His top fastball this year was averaging around 87 mph.

    $14 million? C’mon man.

    I was at the last game he pitched this year, where he gave up 5 HR to the Pirates. Guy sitting next to me: “well that’s the last we’ll see of him”. Bronson might be the only person in the stadium that day who thought he’d be back in 2014.

  8. metalhead65 - Oct 9, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    it will be different not seeing him in a Reds uniform but what won’t be sad is seeing him lose it and losing it all at once and giving up 5 or more runs in 4 innings or less.the guy could be pitching a no hitter but when the first one came it was was the many of several hard shots to come. this guy gave it all he had while he was with the reds but the problem is he just does not have it anymore. maybe he would look better with a manager who knew when it was time to take him out unlike baker but not at the price he wants. but the guy was a gamer for the the reds,how many people try and pitch with mono? he went the whole season with it and still managed to pitch 199 innings. granted they were mostly lousy ones but he did it, but then again who would be stupid enough to send him out to get pounded like he did but dusty baker. he will be missed but the reds have Tony Cingrani ready to fill his spot if walt does not go crazy and trade him or sign another washed up ex-cardinal to fill the role.

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