The Reds are discussing the possibility of bringing back right-hander Bronson Arroyo, according to a major-league source. One source familiar with negotiations said Wednesday that a deal is not close between the sides, and it is unknown if a formal offer has been made.
Several teams are in the mix to sign Arroyo, according to a source.
According to John Fay of WCPO.com, Arroyo is currently in Cincinnati and had breakfast with Reds manager Bryan Price to discuss the possibility of a reunion between the two sides. Cincinnati is said to be interested in bringing back Arroyo as a veteran clubhouse leader after declining to re-sign him two years ago.
Arroyo is currently rehabbing from Tommy John surgery and spent last season as a member of three different organizations. He was traded from the Diamondbacks to the Braves as part of a salary dump in June before being flipped to the Dodgers in July, being used largely as a monetary pawn in creative trades. The 38-year old is expected to be ready for the beginning of next season after missing the entire 2015 season.
In eight years with the Reds from 2006 to 2013, Arroyo posted a 4.05 ERA while pitching at least 199 innings in every season.