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Can the Cincinnati Reds and Homer Bailey Reach Extension?

January 19th, 2014 at 10:04 PM
By Cody Dalga

Heading into the weekend, the Cincinnati Reds were fresh off signing multiple arbitration-eligible players including Mike Leake and Chris Heisey, but with that, two key players were still available to file for arbitration. One of those included starting pitcher, Homer Bailey.

'Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey (34)' photo (c) 2011, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/The 27-year old, who had has back-to-back double-digit win seasons (13 in 2012, 11 in 2013), is entering his eighth year as a pro. Bailey, who asked for $11.6 million, was only offered $8.7 million by the club when figures were exchanged. However, while the two parties seem to have very different views on salary, there have been talks of a possible multi-year deal in the works.

“I am optimistic,” Cincinnati Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said.

Bailey's agent, Casey Close, also represents Clayton Kershaw, who just recently signed a seven-year deal worth over $200 million. Bailey could be looking at a major deal as he has begun to come into his own within the past two seasons.

“I just think it depends on where they feel the market settles in on free-agent pitchers. Hopefully, we’re not too far with our estimate and with their estimate about the market going forward. What it will be based on is what market for a guy like Bailey will be in the future," said Jocketty. 

The Texas native should be a major piece of the pitching rotation next year and should be expected to win at least 13 to 15 games. Even with a possible six-man rotation, losing Bailey would be a huge blow to the organization. 

Tags: Baseball, Cincinnati, Cincinnati Reds, homer bailey, MLB, walt jocketty

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