The San Francisco said prior to free agency they had no desire to sign a player who extended a qualifying offer, as they weren’t interested in giving up a draft pick in the process.
Many believed the Cincinnati Reds would offer a $14.1 qualifying offer to starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo, which would prevent teams like the Giants from showing interest. Of course, there was risk involved with that as teams could have balked at making a move on Arroyo, forcing the Reds into the one year, $14.1 million dollar deal, thus the reasoning behind not extending a qualifying offer.
Of course, not doing so has sparked massive interest in teams around the league, including the Giants who continue to talk with Arroyo, this according to ESPN’s Buster Olney:
Bronson Arroyo continues to talk with the Giants, among other teams.
San Francisco, who was won two of the previous four World Series’ is looking to re-tool their rotation behind Madison Bumgarner, Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum. Arroyo, who went 14-12 with a 3.79 ERA last season for the Reds would prove to be a high quality fourth starter.