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.