Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Reds meet with Bronson Arroyo's agent

The Reds may not be out of the running for Bronson Arroyo after all.

According to multiple reports, the club met with Arroyo's agent, Terry Bross, Tuesday afternoon to discuss the possibility of bringing the right-hander back to Cincinnati. This was reportedly the first such discussion the two sides have had since the conclusion of the season.

"We wanted to let some time pass. He wanted to be able to check the market," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. "We told him we wanted to meet with him again just to see where they're at and to see if we could still do something. I don't know if we'll do anything or not, but we'll at least meet with him because he's been with us so long and has been a big part of our success. We thought it was important to at least talk to him again before anything else happens."

While it still seems the Reds and Arroyo would be far apart on contract negotiations, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com seems to believe the meeting may actually lead to a signing, and also noted it could mean Cincinnati is actively trying to trade one of its current starters. This would lead most people to believe that starter would be Homer Bailey. However, Jocketty was adamant the Reds had no interest in trading the 27-year-old "this week," but rather they were trying to offer him a contract extension, instead.

Early Tuesday, it was reported that the Pittsburgh Pirates may have emerged as a darkhorse to sign Arroyo. But those rumors have since been stifled. This leaves the Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Angels, New York Mets, and Minnesota Twins as the other teams that have been linked to the veteran.

Arroyo is reportedly seeking a multi-year deal worth between $10 and $12 million per season. Unless the Reds freed up some payroll space via trade, it's hard to see where this extra cash would come from.

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