This is a tough decision for the club to make. Bronson Arroyo has been a big part of this franchise since 2006, but the team has options for its rotation. Arroyo is likely to get somewhere around $12 million, which puts the Reds in a tough spot financially.
ESPN's Buster Olney tweeted that the Reds have told Arroyo that they will offer the free agent a one-year deal.
A multi-year deal may not make the most sense for the club, but a one-year deal would be a good move. Depending on what the club can work out with Homer Bailey and Mat Latos, Arroyo may not be needed past next season.
Arroyo went 14-12 with a 3.79 ERA and a 1.153 WHIP this past season. He led the league in home runs allowed for the second time in three years with 32.
With Arroyo, the Reds know what they are getting.
He has thrown at least 200 innings in seven of his eight seasons in Cincinnati, and 199 in the other, thanks to his ability to pitch every five days. He is as durable as it gets and has never missed a start. He will allow 25 to 30 home runs, but he doesn't give out many free passes, which limits the damage. In four of the past five seasons, his earned run average has ranged from 3.74 to 3.88.
The 36-year-old is 105-94 with a 4.05 ERA since joining the Reds. The right-hander made an All-Star team and won a Gold Glove. He is the longest-tenured member of the club and provides great leadership.
Look, the Reds could go with a rotation of Johnny Cueto, Latos, Bailey, Mike Leake and Tony Cingrani. That would be a fantastic rotation if the pitchers can stay healthy. However, Cueto and Cingrani are both question marks in terms of health.
In 2013, Cueto (11) and Cingrani (18) combined to make 29 starts. Cueto has been dealing with injuries to his side since the 2012 NLDS and made multiple trips to the disabled list this year. Cingrani dealt with a back injury starting in late August and was limited to two outings in September.
Arroyo would give the team someone that the Reds know will pitch every five days. The club lacks starting pitching depth, and having Arroyo around gives the team a pitcher who will eat innings.