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Is This Bronson Arroyo’s Last Season In A Reds Uniform?

Sept 14, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Arroyo throws against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

With his 36th birthday in the rear-view mirror, Bronson Arroyo will be taking the hill for his eighth and possibly final season as a Cincinnati Red. When Arroyo made his major league debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates way back in 2000, Reds outfielder Yorman Rodriguez was only eight years old. Bronson is entering the final year of his three-year, $35 million contact extension, signed back in 2010.

After pitching for two seasons with the Pirates, Arroyo was claimed off waivers in 2003 by the Boston Red Sox where he would go on to get a World Series ring in 2004. The Reds traded outfielder Wily Mo Peña for Arroyo in 2006, a season in which Bronson would get his first selection to the All-Star game.

Arroyo is still a very capable and crafty pitcher. He is not blowing away opposing hitters with speed ranging 85-90 MPH but he gets a lot of movement on his fastball and is able to locate it with precision. He still has the occasional outing where he transforms into a human batting tee but more often than not he delivers a quality start. His signature high leg-kick motion can also deceive hitters and is used by many coaches to model balance, a pitcher’s best friend. Bronson is no slouch defensively either winning a Gold Glove Award in 2010.

Being the oldest player on the roster and closer to 40 than 30 is only one problem. The other problem is the hefty salary his tenure commands. Pair the two along with the fact that the Reds have a stable full of young pitching talent coming into their own and you can see the proverbial writing on the wall. Guys like Tony Cingrani and Daniel Corcino, just to name a couple, keep getting better and better and their relative youth will command much smaller paychecks. Smaller paychecks are getting scarce for Reds pitching, especially considering the fact that Mat Latos, Homer Bailey and Mike Leake all avoided arbitration and got substantial pay raises in the offseason.

Topics: Bronson Arroyo, Cincinnati Reds, Spring Training

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  • Cliff@RedsToTheBone

    I doubt that the Reds will be serving up a “qualifying offer” to get him to stay in 2014 so we won’t get a draft pick from someone signing him. He has done well with us and I will wish him the best, but I can see no clear way where he plays here next year.

  • beeker

    Gotta agree with Cliff. I think Walt will talk with him, but there is no way he will pay what Arroyo will want (and could very well still be worth). There are too many good arms on their way up to block them with an aging guy making big money. So I hope fans are good to him this year, because he was one of the few bright spots on some pretty lousy rosters in his first few years with the team.

  • Josh Bresser

    I’d rather give some of the younger guys a chance. Besides, over the past few seasons, Arroyo’s peripherals/advanced metrics haven’t been so good. If I’m Walt, I try to sign him to a fairly low money extension, and if he refuses just let him go.