Bronson Arroyo wants to stay with the Reds beyond this season, but he won’t do it at a hometown discount.
"I gave a team a discount one time and they burned me," he told the Cincinnati Enquirer, referring to the three-year year deal he signed with the Red Sox in January 2006. Boston traded him to the Reds two months later.
"I got to look out for me," he said.
Cincinnati holds an $11 million club option for 2011 (with a $2 million buyouy) on Arroyo, but the Enquirer speculated the club might want to move Arroyo by the July 31 nonwaiver trading deadline if he isn’t willing to sign a more club-friendly extension.
"This is probably the last chance I’ll get to sign a good multiyear deal," Arroyo, 33, told the Enquirer.
Arroyo cites his durability and consistency as reasons why he shouldn’t sell himself short.
"For what I’ve done the last six years in this game," he said, "to sign back for less than what my option is would be insane."
Arroyo is on pace for a sixth consecutive season of at least 200 innings pitched. Since the start of the 2005 season, he is 76-64 with a 4.09 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.