Fans of the Cincinnati Reds can now breathe a sigh of relief after news broke Wednesday morning that starting pitcher Homer Bailey and the club agreed on a six-year, $105 million deal avoiding arbitration. The deal also comes with an additional year option worth $25 million.
Reports surfaced earlier in the week that stated the two parties were getting close to a long-term deal but neither side would confirm how close.
Since being drafted by the Reds in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft (Seventh overall), Bailey has made 143 total big league starts racking up a 49-45 record and a 4.25 ERA.
With the deal, the Reds have a set five-man rotation for at least the next couple seasons. Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos, Mike Leake, Tony Cingrani, and Bailey will most likely be the go-to starters pending any injuries.
"You look at that rotation right there, I wouldn't mind any of those guys being here long term, would you?" Reds manager Bryan Price said this week. "Five guys between 24 and 28 years old. I'm not scratching my head wondering about any of those guys, if they're going to be good long term.
Bailey's teammates also discussed the excitement of having him around.
"For me, now that I know he's around, it's exciting," said Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco. "We can really start to develop a good relationship. We can go out there and I'll have an idea of how he likes to go about his business. He'll know how I like to go about my business and we can really focus on improving that relationship."
Bailey, 27, will try and build on his last two successful seasons in the majors last season after setting career bests in ERA, strikeouts, and innings last season.
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