If Bronson Arroyo is going to be a Red next year, it’s going to be at the $11 million salary his option calls for.
Arroyo said he would not consider extending his contract at discount rate like Scott Rolen did.
“Not in a million years,” Arroyo said. “Scott’s in a different position than I’m in. He’s in a position where he feels like he’s only got a couple years left in the game. He wanted to retire in this uniform. It’s close to his friends and family. He restructured because he’s made $150 million in the game or whatever it is.
“I’m not in the same boat.”
Given what Arroyo said, the Reds might consider moving him before the deadline. The club has a surplus of starting pitching.
Edinson Volquez and Aaron Harang are about to come off the disabled list.
Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake and Travis Wood aren’t going anywhere. Homer Bailey will come off the DL at some point.
Arroyo has been very good. He is 9-4 with a 4.04 ERA. He’s thrown 120 1/3 innings.
There’s no question the Reds can use Arroyo for the pennant drive. But he would be very hot commodity on the trade market. If the Reds don’t plan on picking up the option, it might be wise to move him. If they don’t pick up option, they have to pay a $2 million buyout.
It’s easy to understand Arroyo’s position. Arroyo signed a 3-year, $11.25-million deal with Boston in January of 2006 – only to be traded to the Reds in March of that year.
“I gave a team a discount one time and they burned me,” he said.
Arroyo is 33.
“This is probably the last chance I’ll get to sign a good multi-year deal,” he said. “Nobody’s going to get paid good at 38. Not that it’s impossible.”
All that said, Arroyo would like to return.
“But I’m not going to stay for a discount,” he said. “I’ve done that once. Loyalty in this game is the upmost. I got to look out for me.”
Arroyo thinks he’d get a big deal on the open market.
“For what I’ve done the last six years in this game,” he said, “to sign back for less than what my option is would be insane. The quality starts and the number of innings I’ve thrown up over the years less than five dudes in this game have done that.”