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Are Homer Bailey and the Cincinnati Reds Close to Deal?

February 17th, 2014 at 7:58 PM
By Cody Dalga

'Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey (34)' photo (c) 2011, Keith Allison - license: reports have stated that the Cincinnati Reds and pitcher Homer Bailey are very close to a long-term deal. 

Bailey, the last arbitration eligible player for the Reds, confirmed the reports Monday. While the pitcher nor the team would reveal the details, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that the deal could be upwards of $100 million over six years. 

"It feels like we're really close. That's all I can say," Bailey said. "This whole process has been a long drawn out deal. That's the way it goes. To say this is as confident as I've been, yeah, I think so."

Locking up Bailey would be a huge weight off the teams shoulders considering he would become a free agent after 2014 if a deal were not to get done. During the arbitration case, the two sides found themselves around $3 million apart, Bailey filing for $11.6 million and the Reds filing for $8.7 million. They barely avoided arbitration last year after signing a one-year deal. With a contract, the Reds would have a starting rotation put in place for at least the next two seasons.
Since being drafted on 2004, Bailey has made 143 total starts compiling a 49-45 record over that time with a 4.25 ERA. Last season was by far the best one in Cincinnati starting in 32 games and posting career bests in ERA (3.49), strikeouts (199), and innings (209). He also pitch his second career no-hitter, blanking the Giants on July 2. 
With his old pitching coach Bryan Price at the helm, it will be interesting to see how it impacts, if at all, his performance next season. 
Tags: Baseball, Bryan Price, Cincinnati, Cincinnati Reds, homer bailey, MLB

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