The Reds will hand the fate of home-field for the Wild Card game to Bronson Arroyo today.
It will be Arroyo's 265th start for the Reds and possibly his final start in a Reds uniform.
He's been the Reds most reliable, dependable, durable and consistent player throughout his eight seasons in Cincinnati. His contract is up at the end of the season and he will become a free agent. I'd love to have him back. You can hand him the ball every five days, count on what he'll gives you and he's a tremendous example for the other pitchers. But I find it hard to believe the Reds will hand a 36-year old pitcher 3 years at $10-12M a year. Tony Cingrani offers the Reds a LH replacement at $500,000 next year. The Reds also have SP Robert Stephenson in the pipeline.
In reality, $10-12M a year might not even be enough to get it done. Arroyo will be a hot commodity in the offseason. He's in rare company:
He's made at least 30 starts for nine straight seasons. Only Mark Buehrle (13) and Dan Haren (9th time with today's start) can match that. Arroyo is eight outs away from recording 200 innings for 8 of last 9 years. Since he joined the Reds in 2006 he leads all ML pitchers in starts and leads NL in wins and innings pitched. Here is where he ranks on the Reds' all-time lists:
17th in wins (105), eighth in starts (264), seventh in strikeouts (1,110), 17th in innings pitched (1,685.2)
I will stand and applaud Bronson today. Every Reds fan should stand and appreciate what he's meant to this franchise.
Arroyo: 'Mets are a team I would look at in free agency"
“It’s just picking and choosing, what’s the best place for me, trying to win another championship,” Arroyo told The Post before the Mets’ 4-2 victory over the Reds Tuesday night at Great American Ball Park. “Where you live, logistically in the world, where your spring training is, it’s all these different factors and I definitely think the Mets are a team that I would look at.”
The fact the Mets hold spring training in Arroyo’s home state of Florida may help the team’s chances of signing him if all other factors are close to equal. Aaron Harang, who spent five seasons as Arroyo’s teammate with the Reds, indicated the club’s decision to move camp from Florida to Arizona in 2010 didn’t excite many of the veterans.