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Arroyo said he had only a couple of talks with the Reds about staying in Cincinnati.

“I think the Joey Votto contract and the Brandon Phillips contract have strapped them quite a bit monetarily,” Arroyo said, “and if I was going to sign there it would have been for a one-year deal and they were going to have to defer a lot of money.”

He said he’d already done that in an earlier contract with the Reds.

“I felt like I had done more than my fair share of being a good teammate in that uniform,” Arroyo said, “and I felt like if they really wanted me there then I wouldn’t have to defer money anymore, and that wasn’t really the case.”

Arroyo’s arrival coincided with the Diamondbacks’ first full-squad workout of the spring.