Aug 19, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo (61) pitches during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Reds do not tender qualifying offer to Bronson Arroyo

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The Cincinnati Reds made a bit of a strange decision today, deciding not to tender starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo a qualifying offer which clears his way in free agency.

Bronson Arroyo won’t get a qualifying offer from the Reds, sources said.

Arroyo has been a very dependable pitcher, but his age and stuff makes that figure seem high, especially for a small-market team like the Reds.

The one year deal, assuming Arroyo would have accepted it, would have paid the soon to be 37-year-old pitcher over $14 million dollars though few (if any) expected him to accept it since he’s been more than open about wanting a multi-year deal, likely seeing at least three years at minimum.

It’s possible the Reds feared that if they were to tender a qualifying offer to Arroyo, his free agent options would dry up as few teams likely deemed him worthy enough to part with a draft pick and he could eventually sign the offer.

Either way, with no qualifying offer, Arroyo’s time in Cincinnati is likely all but over.

The New York Mets have expressed interest in signing the right handed starter.

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