In Bronson Arroyo's time with the Cincinnati Reds, he was a model of low maintenance. On the day he was scheduled to pitch, he took the ball. In between his starts, he did his work and prepared for the next time he was scheduled to pitch. Then-Reds manager Dusty Baker loved having Arroyo on the team, mostly because he was a pretty good pitcher, but also because he provided an example to all other pitchers -- all other players, too -- of how to go about his business.
Arroyo turns 40 next month and he has not pitched in the big leagues since 2014, but because of the relationship between the pitcher and the Reds, the two sides have mutual interest in a deal -- a minor-league contract. Sources indicated that the Reds have seen Arroyo throw recently, and saw enough to have interest in the idea of bringing him to camp.