Reds To Extend Bronson Arroyo

The Reds agreed to a three-year, $35MM extension with Bronson Arroyo, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (Twitter links). The deal will cover the 2011-13 seasons, though Arroyo was already under contract for $13MM in 2011, since the Reds picked up their club optionMark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that the contract doesn't include a no-trade clause, but Arroyo will gain 10-and-5 rights in April 2012 and the pitcher was "given enough assurance" by owner Bob Castellini to ensure that he will stay in Cincinnati.

A great deal of Arroyo's salary will be deferred, Rosenthal reports.  The hurler will receive $6.5MM in 2011 and $7MM in 2012, but will see $15MM of the $18MM that he is owed in 2013 deferred.  It is interesting to note that the deferral is voided if Arroyo is traded.  This essentially grants Arroyo a no-trade clause as it is extremely unlikely that any club will want to pay him $18MM in '13.

Arroyo, 34 in Febraury, logged 215 2/3 innings in 2010, reaching 200 innings for the sixth consecutive season. The 11-year-veteran posted a 3.88 ERA with 5.0 K/9 and 2.5 BB/9.

Ted Lilly, who turns 35 in January, signed a three-year, $33MM contract that may have been a point of reference in the negotiations. Another lefty, Jorge de la Rosa, recently agreed to a three-year, $32MM deal with the Rockies.


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80 Comments on "Reds To Extend Bronson Arroyo"


Guest
4 years 7 months ago

New candidate for worst contract of the winter. Congrats Cincy!

Guest
4 years 7 months ago

How so?

Guest
4 years 7 months ago

I also don’t see how this is really a bad deal. He did not come cheap, but the deal certainly is not outrageous. Both sides seem to win on this one. Arroyo gets security (3 years) and the Reds maintain a high-quality pitcher who can continue to lead their rotation.

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4 years 7 months ago

He isn’t high-quality though. His peripherals are not good. You don’t pay a 1.7 WAR pitcher 35$ million. His FIP the last 4 years has been 4.65. He got extremely lucky last year, .246 BABIP. Expect regression over the next 3 years. The marginal difference between him and any other Reds pitcher is not worth 12$ million a year.

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Jessamynn
4 years 7 months ago

I agree with you, although I will say that I believe the Reds decided that a slight overpay was worth the risk, because if they didn’t have him, they’d be relying on a really young pitching staff at a time in which they’re trying to take the next step in playoff contention.

If this is their thinking, then I understand it. He’s probably worth around $8-9 million in free agency dollars, so the extension isn’t horrible, but Arroyo’s obviously not worth $12 million.

Guest
4 years 7 months ago

Certainly Buck’s deal is worse.

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Dave_Gershman
4 years 7 months ago

Why? He just does what he does and gets outs? You cant ask more of a pitcher than that.

Guest
4 years 7 months ago

Gustavo Chacin is available. All he does is win. What more could you ask for?

Guest
4 years 7 months ago

someone who consistently give you quality starts and has pitched over 200 innings 6 years in a row how about that.

Guest
4 years 7 months ago

Garland was available and signed for substantially less and younger.

I question this deal.

Guest
4 years 7 months ago

Garland was available and signed for substantially less and younger.

I question this deal.

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thegrayrace
4 years 7 months ago

He shouldn’t be paid more than Lilly, but it isn’t terrible. Considering they already picked up his $13m option, it is really more like $22m/2 year deal.

Guest
4 years 7 months ago

Honestly I welcome Arroyo back with open arms for the next 3 seasons at least we know we have a starter that will go 200 innings every year…. baring injury (knocks on wooden desk) With Arroyo I know that with each game he pitches we have a pretty decent chance to win the game cause he will give us at least a quality start 90 percent of the time. Personally I am very happy to hear they are getting this done and offering the staff some consistency that no other starter on that staff can say they have.

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4 years 7 months ago

WAR? FIP? All I know is the Reds finally posted a winning record and somehow won the division and B.Arroyo was a major part of that. Welcome back, Bronson!

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blh2010
4 years 7 months ago

I can see this being like the K.Lohse deal. Have fun with that. The guy has probably his best season and gets a 3yr deal. Have fun Reds

Guest
4 years 7 months ago

I think Jayson Werth would like a word…

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stewie75
4 years 7 months ago

the only thing that came to mind when seeing this was- WHY?

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moonraker45
4 years 7 months ago

nice pic

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Ethanator99
4 years 7 months ago

As a Reds fan, COME ON!

Guest
4 years 7 months ago

As a Reds Fan THIS IS JUST WHAT I WANTED!!!!!! Quality , consistency, and a good person to boot on our pitching staff the next 3 seasons.

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RMR
4 years 7 months ago

Grrrrr…. Why Walt?! Why!? Can’t wait for this year’s painful regression. There’s was absolutely no reason to do this now.

Guest
4 years 7 months ago

What proof do you have that a painful regression is going to happen this year? What part of his mechanics suggests high stress on his shoulder or elbow? Arroyo’s mechanics have allowed him to be the most durable pitcher in the league over the last 5-6 years. It’s not like he is throwing upper 90’s heat which can fall off a cliff when you hit 35. Bronson is a pitcher in every sense of the word. I wouldn’t be shocked to see him pitch effectively for another 4-5 years.

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4 years 7 months ago

Thank you for posting this , now I don’t have to …. Love how lots here think he is suddenly going to stink up the place. Not saying he won’t either but his track record is good to continue to be good.

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RMR
4 years 7 months ago

Perhaps you misunderstood what I meant by “painful” – not a regression of performance due to pain he’ll experience, but rather a regression of performance which will be painful for us fans to experience.

My “proof” (supporting data — nobody can prove the future and I would hope you wouldn’t assume that I thought I knew that with absolute certainty):

http://www.redszone.com/forums/showpost.php?p=2301827&postcount=404.

In short, he’s put up declining peripherals the last two seasons which have been more than offset by a massively improved Reds defense. However, his 2010 BABIP (.246) was the lowest in the NL last year and not even close to sustainable (the lowest career BABIP I’m aware of is Mariano Riveras of .273).

He’s not a bad pitcher. But he’s not as good as his ERA would suggest and the Reds have a wealth of young pitchers lined up to replace him. The extension just doesn’t make sense. Even if Walt wanted to keep him around, it’s not like his price was going to go up any come next winter.

Guest
4 years 7 months ago

I was gonna congratulate Cincy, while not the sexiest signing ever Arroyo has been a solid rock for them…Definitely deserved it