Cincinnati Reds make qualifying offer to Shin-Soo Choo, not Bronson Arroyo

CINCINNATI - The Reds made a $14.1 million qualifying contract offer to free agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo but didn't make qualifying offers to pitcher Bronson Arroyo or four other free agents on Monday.

The Reds are hoping to keep Choo, but if he signs elsewhere, extending the qualifying offer means the Reds will receive a compensation pick in the June 2014 first-year player draft.

Choo has seven days to decide to accept or reject the offer, but in baseball's free-agent, cat-and-mouse game that means nothing and he and the Reds can still try to reach a deal.

The Reds probably can't or won't match what Choo can fetch in the free-agent market. He is expected to seek a multi-year contract for upwards of $100 million. Choo's .423 on-base percentage was the third best in the majors.

One national writer predicts Choo will sign with the Detroit Tigers.

But Choo, who gave the Reds the leadoff hitter they had been looking for last season, made it clear he enjoyed playing here and may take less to stay.

Arroyo has been the Reds' most durable starter since he came from the Red Sox in 2006. But he will be 37 next season and the Reds don't show much interest in giving him the multi-year contract he wants.

Arroyo might end up with the Mets.

Pitchers Zach Duke, Nick Masset and Manny Parra and infielder Cesar Izturis did not get qualifying offers.


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