Reds to Pick up Bronson Arroyo's 2011 Option, Look for More
General manager Walt Jocketty told reporters Saturday that the Reds will "definitely" pick up veteran starter Bronson Arroyo's $11 million option for 2011 -- and look for a longer-term commitment after that.
"We'll try to extend him but I don't want the focus on that right now," Jocketty said.
Arroyo gave the Reds a solid if unspectacular start Friday in Game 2 of the Division Series, the same type of outing to which Cincinnati has become accustomed in the right-hander's five seasons with the team.
Arroyo has been utterly consistent since arriving from Boston in a spring training trade for Wily Mo Pena in March 2006. He has started at least 33 games each year, working at least 200 innings each season.
He isn't what anyone would consider an ace, but he tends to keep his team in the game every time he takes the ball -- and the Reds always know he'll be ready to take the ball. There's plenty of value in that over the course of a six-month season, and the Reds are eager to pay Arroyo handsomely in hopes that he'll maintain it as he begins his age-34 season next spring.
It sounds like Arroyo's on board with the plan, too.
"We've had some preliminary talks," Arroyo said. "I'd like to stay. I'm comfortable here. I enjoy the guys."