All quiet from Reds with Arroyo
One thing I didn’t get to on Friday when Dusty Baker lost his job was a part of my conversation with Bronson Arroyo. The longtime Reds pitcher knew that his last start of 2013 vs. the Pirates — where he allowed five homers — was possibly his final start with the club.
Nothing has changed since the season ended to have Arroyo thinking any differently.
“I’ve heard not a word,” Arroyo said on Friday. “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.”
Arroyo has maintained that he looking for, at minimum, a two-year contract on the free agent market. With Tony Cingrani on the scene and a much cheaper option, Arroyo knew this time was coming.
“I haven’t had one conversation with them,” Arroyo said. “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. [Assistant GM] Bob Miller usually likes to get a leg up on these things and have a conversation.
“It’s a question of whether they want a $28 million rotation or a $42 million rotation. They have Cingrani and probably don’t want to push the envelope money-wise.”