Glad they didn't give Arroyo the offer.
- With compensation involved, I have a hard time seeing him getting $14 Million for 2 years. I also like the thought some one had that he probably told the Reds he'd accept for sure.
- Arroyo at $14 Million would have been a budget killer. It wouldn't just mean one year of overpaying Arroyo, it would likely mean being forced to deal other pieces, which are likely more valuable than Arroyo, and dealing from a position that they have to be moved and being forced to take less value for them.
- For those who wanted to keep Arroyo simply to be able to have the depth to deal Bailey or some one else, why would it be necessary to pay Arroyo $14 Million to do that? Plenty of guys on the market to serve as the back of the rotation for less.
- The "Arroyo will age well" stuff is misguided. He's already aged well. He pitched 2013 at age 36 and did quite well IMO. Aging well is not the same as going on forever. Arroyo's biggest selling point is the almost automatic addition of 200 competitive innings, but at age 37 it's just not automatic regardless of his past. Honestly, I like Arroyo and have defended him against a lot of critics over the years, but I wouldn't give him 2 years at $7 Million per year to total $14 Million, let alone one year at $14 Million. The Reds need to reallocate those funds elsewhere.
Being obligated to Arroyo at $14 Million doesn't provide more options for the Reds to make deals. It blows the budget and takes options away, not the least of which is the option to say no when some team makes a below value offer for one of the higher salaries who will be forced off the roster for money reasons if Arroyo is taking up 10 to 13 percent of the total budget. This was absolutely the right call. I love prospects, but adding a sandwich pick just isn't worth the implications and if other players need to be moved to clear money, it may mean moving them for less than they are worth and would more than offset the talent they may acquire with that pick in terms of organizational assets.