It's all but certain Bronson Arroyo won't return to the Reds in 2014.
The 36-year-old spoke with Mark Sheldon of MLB.com recently and revealed that he hasn't heard a word from the Reds in regards to contract negotiations.
“I haven’t had one conversation with them,” Arroyo said. “They could be taking care of other things or other issues. The sense I get is by not having any conversation with me, is they’re going in a different direction."
Arroyo is looking for a two-year deal on the free agent market worth around $14 million per year. Given Cincinnati's financial situation, Arroyo is definitely not going to receive that kind of compensation in the Queen City.
Aside from the money, Arroyo also cited the fact that the Reds boast a much cheaper option to replace him in the rotation, thanks to southpaw Tony Cingrani. So, Arroyo has essentially become as dispensable as ever since joining the Reds in 2006.
In eight seasons with the Reds, Arroyo compiled a 105-94 record, 4.05 ERA, and 1.268 WHIP in 265 starts. It should be noted that he never missed a start during that span, nor did he ever spend time on the disabled list.
Reports suggest the Blue Jays, Orioles, Brewers, Cubs, Giants, Pirates, Cardinals, and Dodgers could be potential landing spots for Arroyo.