The Cincinnati Reds are unlikely to be able to offer Bronson Arroyo the kind of contract he requires to stick around, the pitcher told the Boston Globe.
Arroyo, a free agent who will turn 37 before the beginning of next season, said he wants a three-year deal. He doesn't think the Reds can afford it.
The Globe article lists the St. Louis Cardinals as one of several potential landing spots for the veteran hurler. Arroyo lists playing for a winning team as a top priority... Well, besides landing a huge contract. But I don't see it.
Arroyo is a 35-34 pitcher over the past three season after notching a 17-10 season in 2010. While it hasn't paid off in victories, which is odd because Cincinnati has been a good team over that span of time, Arroyo has had a good ERA of 3.79 in 2013 and 3.74 the year before.
Despite a good ERA, Arroyo has allowed 635 hits in 603 innings. But his strikeouts to walks ratio of nearly 3:1 has kept his walks and hits per innings pitched ration at 1.24:1.
Still, as I have previously mentioned, the Redbirds have a full house of potential starting pitchers with Adam Wainwright, Shelby Miller, Michael Wacha, Joe Kelly, Lance Lynn, Jaime Garcia, Carlos Martinez and possibly Kevin Siegrist and even Trevor Rosenthal. So it's unlikely they're going to push any of them back for a fading middle of the rotation starter. Especially for $30 million plus over three years.
If the Cardinals were going to part with some young talent they'd be more likely to make a big splash for a pitcher like Tampa Bay's David Price. According to a story in the New York Post, the Rays are believed to be likely to trade price who will be a free agent after two more seasons.
Price is a guy who could pair with St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright to dominate opponents in a short series. The Rays need an infusion of young talent to replace a player they will no longer be able to afford and the Redbirds sure have the players to fill the bill.
But if I am St. Louis GM John Mozeliak I wouldn't be willing to deal Wacha, Martinez, Siegrist or Rosenthal to get Price. I wrote a couple of months ago that I would be willing to deal Matt Adams -- who has done nothing but enhanced his trade value with a strong finish -- because his talents are redundant with those of other players in the system. Also available is Kolten Wong whose brother was drafted by the Rays.
I'd be a lot less worried about the Cardinals-Pirates series if Price started Game Two instead of Lance Lynn.