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New York Yankees Have Inquired on Cincinnati Reds Pitcher Homer Bailey: Report

December 10th, 2013 at 4:32 AM
By Doug Rush

With the first day of Major League Baseball's 2013 Winter Meetings now come and gone, the New York Yankees have been quiet, but that might not last for long considering how active they had been during free agency.

After adding Brian McCann to be their catcher, Jacoby Ellsbury to be their center fielder and Carlos Beltran to be their right fielder, plus bringing back Hiroki Kuroda on a one-year deal, the Yankees have turned their attentions to the trade market for two vacancies; second base and the starting rotation.

With Phil Hughes now on the Minnesota Twins and Andy Pettitte retired, the Yankees are looking everywhere for pitchers and they are still awaiting to see what happens with Masahiro Tanaka and the posting system with Japan, so while that happens, the Yankees are making inquiries on other pitchers out there who can help the team.

Daniel Barbarisi of the New York Wall Street Journal reported that the Yankees have inquired on Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey while down in Orlando at the winter meetings.

"Person involved says Yankees have asked Reds about Homer Bailey. Dont know if Gardner was the return piece, but sure makes sense," he tweeted.

With the Yankees currently fielding offers for Brett Gardner, it would certainly make sense if a Bailey-for-Gardner deal would be in the works since the Yankees now have a surplus of outfielders and need to shed at least one of them and Gardner could be the odd man out with the latest acquisitions of Ellsbury and Beltran, and at the same time, the Yankees desperately need pitching; young and effective pitching for their rotation.

The 27-year-old Bailey would be a perfect candidate to be added right in the middle of the Yankees rotation; as he's posted a 49-45 career record with a 4.25 ERA in 143 starts and over the last two seasons, became an important cog in the Reds rotation, but they have considered moving him for outfield help with the departure of Shin-Soo Choo via free agency.

Bailey has also been a part of baseball history as he has tossed two no-hitters already in his young career; the first was back on September 28, 2012 against the Pittsburgh Pirates and the second one was on July 2, 2013; less than one year later, against the San Francisco Giants.

In 2012, Bailey posted a 13-10 record with a 3.68 ERA in 33 starts with 168 strikeouts in 208 innings and in 2013, Bailey posted an 11-12 record with an even lower 3.49 ERA with 199 strikeouts in 209 innings. With some age on the rotation with Sabathia at 33 years old and Kuroda turning 39 this coming year, the Yankees need an infusion of young, but really good pitching.

With Michael Pineda's status still up in the air and both David Phelps and Adam Warren more suited to be long relievers, Bailey might be exactly the kind of pitcher the team needs to make a move for on the roster.

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Tags: Baseball, Brett Gardner, Cincinnati Reds, Hiroki Kuroda, Homer Bailey, MLB, New York, New York Yankees

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