The Reds made Choo a qualifying offer of $14.1 million and he has until Nov. 11 to decide whether or not to take the offer or test the market. If he decides to sign with another team, Cincinnati would receive compensation in the form of a draft pick in the June amateur draft. Last season he made $7.3 million after avoiding arbitration. Cincinnati did sign another center fielder, Jason Bourgeois, to a minor league deal in late October.
Bronson Arroyo was among the five not given a contract offer. The soon to be 37-year old pitcher went 14-12, but it was the last year of his two-year $23.5 million deal. With the development of Tony Cingrani,a cheaper option for the rotation, Arroyo's price tag may be too high. Along with Cingrani, the Reds also have Mat Latos, Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake, and Homer Bailey for their rotation.
The Reds also did not make offers to infielder Cesar Izturis, lefties Manny Parra and Zach Duke, and Nick Masset. Izturis played in 63 games last season and hit .209 with 11 RBI. Duke was signed as a free agent midway through the season after being released by Washington. Masset has not pitched since the 2011 season when he appeared in 75 games after shoulder problems sidelined him in 2012 and 2013.
Parra turned out to be a big surprise in the second half for the Reds. He finished the season with a 3.33 ERA, which is the lowest of his career and the first time he finished under 4.00 since 2007. In the second half he was nearly untouchable as opponents hit just .187 with a 2.78 ERA. Lefties hit just .167 off him all season.
All player will be able to test the free agent market, but could still sign with the Reds next season.