If money had nothing to do with professional baseball, it would be a no-brainer for the Reds to keep veterans Shin-Soo Choo and Bronson Arroyo beyond this season. However, money has a lot to do with the makeup of professional baseball, and unfortunately Cincinnati isn't one of the teams who traditionally has a bunch of it.
With that being said, it's highly unlikely the Reds will be able to afford to keep Arroyo and Choo around. Arroyo is in the final season of a multi-year contract and Choo is set to hit the free agent market in the offseason, too. So, if the Reds don't ink the two this winter, it begs the question, who will?
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe may have some insight:
Shin-Soo Choo, RF, Reds — It doesn’t appear that the Reds will have the finances to sign Choo for the long run. The Mets, Yankees, Phillies, Cubs, and Red Sox appear to be teams that will have interest.
Bronson Arroyo, RHP, Reds — Arroyo probably won’t be re-signing with Cincinnati, but wha...