There are plenty of good things to be said for any team to have a veteran starting pitcher on staff. Those good things double when that veteran starter is capable of producing consistently solid starts for the balance of the season. Bronson Arroyo has done that for the Cincinnati Reds and it has created a nice little kinship between the franchise and Arroyo. Sadly there is a business side to Major League Baseball and that is one of the main reasons Arroyo should be set free by the Reds.
Arroyo, as stable as he is, is also around 37 years old. That isn’t over the hill for him since he is still producing. Still at this point he is looking for a few years worth of contract to take him into retirement. Meanwhile the Reds are looking to continue to get younger at the starting pitcher position and they certainly have options there. Ace Johnny Cueto was injured a great deal this year and while that might suggest to some a good reason the Reds could re-sign Arroyo, it also served as proof that they have young starters waiting in the wings.
Quite simply put, the Reds have too many other business dealings to worry about than to worry about bringing back Arroyo. Chances are if they did it would be no more than a one year deal. As steady as he still is, there is little doubt Arroyo can get at least a two or three year deal somewhere else. It has been a great ride for Arroyo and the Reds but it looks like 2013 should be the end of it.