If money had nothing to do with professional baseball, it would be a no-brainer for the Reds to keep veterans Shin-Soo Choo and Bronson Arroyo beyond this season. However, money has a lot to do with the makeup of professional baseball, and unfortunately Cincinnati isn't one of the teams who traditionally has a bunch of it.
With that being said, it's highly unlikely the Reds will be able to afford to keep Arroyo and Choo around. Arroyo is in the final season of a multi-year contract and Choo is set to hit the free agent market in the offseason, too. So, if the Reds don't ink the two this winter, it begs the question, who will?
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe may have some insight:
Shin-Soo Choo, RF, Reds — It doesn’t appear that the Reds will have the finances to sign Choo for the long run. The Mets, Yankees, Phillies, Cubs, and Red Sox appear to be teams that will have interest.
Bronson Arroyo, RHP, Reds — Arroyo probably won’t be re-signing with Cincinnati, but what better middle-to-end-of-rotation, dependable starter will be available? Arroyo is likely best served in the National League with a team like the Cardinals, Braves, or even the Mets. Cubs president Theo Epstein has a lot of affection for Arroyo, even though he once traded him for Wily Mo Pena, one of the Epstein’s biggest regrets when he was GM of the Red Sox. Arroyo is 12-9 with a 3.40 ERA. He also has never been hurt.
Maybe the Reds will surprise us all and find a way to keep one or both of these guys in the Queen City. But it would be a shame to have to see either of them stay in the division and don a Cubs uniform.