It sounds like Mark Sheldon had to take a rowboat out to sea to catch up with Reds starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo.

Arroyo said that he would be surprised if he were traded this offseason, and offered his reasons why he doesn’t expect any of the big salaried players to be moved:

“In my mind, there was no reason to get [Scott] Rolen [in a July 31 trade] if we’re turning around and moving guys without waiting to see what happens [during the season],” Arroyo said. “I think they’ll give us four months to see if we can compete in the division. If we’re not, we’ll have a big scale back. For now, they seem committed to win.”


“I know the budget is tight,” Arroyo said. “But if you re-sign Ramon [Hernandez] for a year, why then go in the other direction? If we were saving, we could have easily had [Ryan] Hanigan catching 130 games next year.”

And how about that carpal tunnel?

“It’s been good and I haven’t felt it at all,” Arroyo said. “I’ve been playing my guitar and haven’t felt it. I have a show with [ESPN’s] Peter Gammons on Jan. 9 and after that I’ll probably stop playing.”