It's a nice spot to be a first-time free agent, and though Arroyo would prefer to stay in Cincinnati, the San Francisco Giants, for one, have cash: $45 million with Barry Zito and Tim Lincecum's expiring deals.
"I love San Francisco," Arroyo says. "I love the whole vibe of the city. I love walking down the street and see a guy in a tuxedo, two guys holding hands and some girl with tattoos riding a skateboard. I love the eclecticness of the city. But to be honest, it's going to be sad if I have to leave here. There will only be one reason why, and that's the dollar bill."