Arroyo, 36, believes the Reds will not even make a qualifying offer, something they would need to do if they hoped to reap draft compensation for a team signing him. However, if Arroyo were to accept the team would be forced to pay him around $14 million for the 2014 season.
“The sense I get is by not having any conversation with me, is they’re going in a different direction. [Assistant GM] Bob Miller usually likes to get a leg up on these things and have a conversation,” Arroyo told Sheldon.
Arroyo has previously said that he did not foresee a return to Cincinnati in the offseason. He is looking for a three year deal worth around $13-14 million per year, something the Reds are unlikely to hand out with five good starting pitchers already in the rotation.
It is possible a hole could open up should the Reds decide to trade Homer Bailey. However, such a trade would likely be partly a cost-cutting technique. Arroyo believes the team would not want to dole out a big contract to fill a rotation spot.
The Reds first acquired Arroyo in 2006. He has been a solid member of their rotation ever since. In 2013, he started 32 games and posted a 3.79 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. He has thrown at least 199 innings each of the last nine seasons.