Bronson Arroyo Looking For 2-Year Deal, Reds Could Trade Homer Bailey

An article by posted on October 8, 2013

REDSBronson Arroyo hasn’t heard from the Reds front office, reports Mark Sheldon of MLB.com.

The longtime Reds pitcher knew that his last start of 2013 vs. the Pirates — where he allowed five homers — was possibly his final start with the club. Nothing has changed since the season ended to have Arroyo thinking any differently.

“I’ve heard not a word,” Arroyo said on Friday. “The sense I have, I don’t think they’ll make me a [qualifying] offer. They would have to offer me $13-14 million for me to stay anyway.”

Arroyo has maintained that he’s looking for, at minimum, a two-year contract on the free agent market.

“I haven’t had one conversation with them,” Arroyo said. “They could be taking care of other things or other issues. The sense I get is by not having any conversation with me, is they’re going in a different direction.”

Sheldon also reports that he wouldn’t be surprised to see the Reds attempt to trade right-hander Homer Bailey this offseason.

Bailey, once one of the top prospects in the game, has developed into a solid starter for Cincinnati, posting a 3.58 ERA and 1.182 WHIP in 65 starts spanning 417 innings over the past two seasons.

After earning $5.35 million through his second year of arbitration, Bailey is set for a big raise and he’s unwilling to sign a deal prior to reaching free agency. If this continues, writes Sheldon, Cincinnati could look to trade the right-hander in order to shed payroll and acquire talent to bolster their minor-league system and major-league roster. His 3.34 ERA and 1.14 WHIP this season, are career highs for the 27-year old.

As for Arroyo, nobody expects the Reds to make him a qualifying offer, so if the Mets want him, they’ll just need to pony up the $20-25 million dollars.

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