By The Associated Press
CINCINNATI -- Bronson Arroyo has been perfect for a month, going 5-0 since the worst start of his career, in which the streaky right-hander had lost five in a row.
He's been so good lately, he worries that the Cincinnati Reds may be tempted to trade him.
"I'd be really disappointed if they made a trade for me," said Arroyo (9-7), who allowed three runs in seven innings Wednesday as the Cincinnati beat the San Diego Padres 9-5.
"I feel like honestly, if you trade me, you're going ahead and saying we're not going to build a winning team," he said.
Arroyo likes the prospect of the Reds building a long-term rotation around Aaron Harang, Edinson Volquez, Johnny Cueto and himself.
"Of the four starters who have been here all year, I think all of us have a chance to pitch here for a long time, health-wise and age-wise," said Arroyo, who is 31. "If you go ahead and trade me now, you're cashing in the money for a losing team."
Arroyo's five-game win streak is the longest by a Cincinnati pitcher since Steve Parris won seven in a row in 2000.
It's all come since his June 24 start in Toronto in which Arroyo gave up 11 hits and 10 runs in 1-plus innings, a career high in earned runs and career low in innings pitched.
It made him only the sixth starting pitcher in major league history to give up at least 10 earned runs while getting no more than three outs, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Arroyo is under contract through 2010, with a club option for 2011. He's scheduled to make $9.5 million next year and $11 million the following two years, unless the Reds exercise a $2 million buyout in the option year.
"I have not been instructed to dump salary," said Reds general manager Walt Jocketty. "What we'll do is try to improve the club for this year and next."
Arroyo came to the Reds in a March 2006 trade with the Boston Red Sox for Wily Mo Pena and cash. At the time, he was signed through the 2008 season. He agreed to a two-year extension after joining the Reds.
"The last two years, we haven't had anywhere near the pitching staff we have now," Arroyo said. "I feel like, and everyone around here feels like, things are starting to roll here."
The Reds, who were off Thursday, are three games below .500 and in fifth place in the NL Central. They are 30-22 at home, but 20-31 on the road.
"I don't think there's a reason to panic and ship a lot of guys out of here," Arroyo said. "Adam (Dunn) is the only guy who is kind of going to have to sign a long-term deal or they're going to have to do something with him.
"Guys like myself and Harang, we're locked in. If they're willing to stick with us and pay the salary, we've got a good shot at doing things we haven't done in a while."
Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com