Arroyo said he is looking for, at least, a two-year deal from his next team.
“The sense I have, I don’t think they’ll make me a [qualifying] offer," Arroyo said, according to Sheldon. "They would have to offer me $13-14 million for me to stay, anyway.”
He said he understands the economics of the Reds not looking to re-sign him with their internal younger, cheaper options.
I'd be surprised if the Reds offered Arroyo a qualifying offer. And, if they did, I bet he'd take it, given what he earned in 2013. Even so, the qualifying offer remains significant for the Mets because it sets a theoretical value on a player. In the case of Arroyo, if he were to get a qualifying offer from Cincinnati and he were to deny it, that would probably make him overvalued even on a one-year commitment elsewhere.
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Arroyo, 36, went 13-12 with a 3.79 ERA in 32 starts with 32 walks and 124 strikeouts while allowing a league-high 32 home runs in 202 innings with the Reds in 2013.
Arroyo just completed a three-year, $36 million contract he signed with Cincinnati before the 2011 season – he earned $6.5 million in 2013.