When free agency broke, pitcher Bronson Arroyo quickly became one of the most in demand arms on the market considering his former team, the Cincinnati Reds didn’t extend him a qualifying offer. The lack of such meant any team that signed Arroyo wouldn’t have to forfeit a draft pick, making him a very attractive target.
However, Arroyo, soon to be 37 had a relatively high asking price for his services – a number which scared a handful of interested teams like the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers away.
That lead to a reduced market for Arroyo, who recently engaged in conversations with the Reds about a return. However, that scenario appears ‘very unlikely‘ according to the Cincinnati Enquirer:
Free agent Bronson Arroyo is still out there and probably will to sign for less that this point, but he’s still unlikely out of the Reds’ price range.
“I don’t see how we make it fit financially,” Jocketty said.
Nearing their payroll cap, the Reds simply don’t have the available funds for Arroyo or anybody else at this point.