Bronson Arroyo hasn’t packed up the last of his things in his Mount Adams apartment. It’s not because he thinks he’ll return to the Reds or Cincinnati in the spring, it’s just that he doesn’t know where he’s going to be next year.

In a perfect world, Arroyo said this week, he’d retire as a Red, spending the last three or four years of his career in a Reds uniform, pitching at Great American Ball Park. This, it is obvious, is not a perfect world, even for highly paid, successful professional athletes like Arroyo.

The Reds didn’t offer Arroyo a one-year qualifying offer of $14.1 million last week. They did offer center fielder Shin-Soo Choo the $14.1 million, in part because they were pretty sure Choo would reject it. Choo’s rejection will give the Reds a compensatory pick in next year’s draft. The Reds didn’t offer Arroyo a qualifying offer, it was suggested, out of fear he would have taken it.

Would he?

“I enjoy playing for that organization and with those guys, so yeah, I probably would have taken it,” Arroyo said, noting he’d use the entire five days to see what was out there, but wouldn’t expect it to be better than the one-year, $14.1 million deal.

“It just means I’d be in the same place next year,” said Arroyo, who will be 37 in February.

As it is, Arroyo suspects his career as a Red is over. The team asked him about a new deal with deferred money, something he’s done before, but isn’t interested in doing this time. He’ll still be paid by the Reds for the next seven years, he noted, but as a free agent, he wants his next contract to pay him the full amount each season.

“I feel like I, of anyone in Major League Baseball right now, I don’t think anybody could say they have given their money’s worth to the organization any more than I have,” Arroyo said. “And for that reason, I feel like at the end of my career, I don’t feel like I should have to defer money anymore. I’ve done that once, I feel like I should be paid fairly and on time, like most of the other guys in the league are.”