The Reds officially exercised their 2011 option for Bronson Arroyo, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter). GM Walt Jocketty said last month that he would pick up the option, so the decision was expected. The Reds have expressed interest in extending the deal to keep Arroyo in Cincinnati beyond 2011.
Arroyo, 33, logged at least 200 innings for the sixth consecutive season in 2010, posting a 3.88 ERA with 5.0 K/9 and 2.5 BB/9. He will earn $13MM in 2011.
He is the model of consistency and it’s a pretty safe move.
He is, People complained that his salary is high. Its great for where he is at. He has 4 Arm angles, above average stuff, and 99% of his starts are pretty damn good. He had like 4 bad starts all season. (Colorado cuz of the light air) and NEVER missed a start in his life. He is WELL worth 13 million.
From what I have read its only 11 million. I have not seen any place post that he got to the benchmarks he needed to get to, to make it 13 million. Honesty i’m hoping they keep him a few more years. Guy is very consistent and just gives you a quality start almost every time out.
Arroyo is the kind of guy who doesn’t show dominance often, but proves the value of the much-maligned quality start stat. He stays healthy, keeps his team in the game, and gives the offense a chance to win.
Great to see him staying with the Reds.
Arroyo’s one of those guys who’s paid more for his durability than his ability. Not that he’s a bad pitcher but he’s certainly capable of mediocrity too.
Ya but, he normally has good outings. not many 4 run or more games. mostly 3 runs or less.
But he could easily revert to his 08 form when he allowed 5 or more ER 11 times. I wouldn’t place his value just on his performance over the last 2 years.
Paying a guy $13 million means he’ll stay in the rotation even if he’s struggling. For a team with young talented options, maybe that could be a problem.
And another obvious option is exercised or declined…
I was thinking that maybe, a la Scott Rolen, the Reds could restructure his deal so they can lower his price tag for next season but give him security and more money in the long run especially anually. Just a thought.
I think they’ll still look into that over the winter, and I think they have suggested as much.
This was just getting a formality out of the way, I mean, whether he restructures his contract doesn’t bear on whether they wanted him back or not. They clearly wanted him back, so they exercised. They can still restructure if both sides agree to terms.
Would not be surprised at all to see a 3 year 35 million dollar deal or something like reached in the next few months that that cuts his salary to 8 or 9 million this year. They will have more money free in each of the next 2 years, and could use an extra 3-4 million for LF help for this upcoming year.
The small issue is that he said he wont agree for less money. He did in Boston and even bought a ton of stuff to live there and they went and traded him after the assured they wouldn’t.
Unfortunately Arroyo has expressed no desire to give a hometown discount. When asked about Rolen’s deal Arroyo pointed out to the fact that Rolen was in the last two or three years of his career and had already earned some $150 mil. Arroyo is searching for his big payday. With that said a fair deal would keep him in Cincy for 3 more years. 3yr/35-39 mil is fair for a guy who basically gives you 200+ quality innings a year without injury but is not an ace.
Here is a thought……… Arroyo gives up a little money this year and next year the Reds give him a no trade clause for this coming season and maybe even next, then make it a 3 or 4 year deal or 3 year plus option year again.
This way Arroyo knows he won’t get traded at lest for 2 years Give him like oh 9 or 10 million the first two years then up it for the 3rd or option year. He might be willing to do that.
Jon Garland could have been had for cheaper.
Honestly I can see the Reds getting him and moving someone to the Pen if needed.
The only starting pitching the Reds will look for is if they can get a #1 starter on the cheap side. Very doubtful…. They don’t really need any starters at all. From my count I see 8 guys who could do at least a decent job in the majors. Some of which will be really good pitchers.
If they make improvements it will be either SS, LF, or some kind of leadoff hitter.
1 year is better than 3 or 4 with this guy. With his stuff, he could fall apart any moment.
I don’t agree, Arroyo has been mr. consistency over the past several seasons with the Reds, if you are looking at full season numbers and not individual starts.