After the season is over, Cincinnati Reds right-handed pitcher Bronson Arroyo will be a free agent. Arroyo has been a big league pitcher since 2000, and has been a Red since 2006.
Arroyo, 36, is one of the oldest players on the Reds’ roster, but he is still getting the job done. This season he is 9-8 with a 3.26 ERA, his stats aren’t great, but still very solid. While Arroyo might not be the most exciting pitcher to watch, at the end of the season, you can always look at his statistics and say, “Wow, he had a very nice season.”
The Reds have a lot of guys who could be starting pitchers, obviously the other four guys that started the year in the starting rotation (Cueto, Latos, Bailey and Leake), but also guys like Sam LeCure, Tony Cingrani and Greg Reynolds, a Triple-A starter who is tearing it up in Louisville. With all the young arms the Reds have, it’s hard to imagine they will want to re-sign Bronson Arroyo, despite how well he pitches.
Arroyo knows not many teams will want a 36-year-old pitcher, so if he does get re-signed, or signed by another team, he won’t make as much money as he was. Age brings value down quite a bit.
While many Reds’ fans would love to see Bronson pitch next season, the wise choice would be to let him go. Tony Cingrani would likely take his place in the rotation, which is not a bad thing at all. Cingrani has pitched quite a bit this season, there is absolutely no doubt that he could have success as a starter for the Reds.
It may be tough for the Reds to let Bronson Arroyo go, but with all the young talent the Reds have, it’s hard to imagine that they will want to keep him.
Coop Ledford is a Cincinnati Reds writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @CoopLed