Bailey, Reds Far Apart In Extension Discussions

Homer Bailey and the Reds are extremely far apart in extension talks, and barring large concessions by one or both sides, Bailey appears likely to become a free agent next offseason, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports (Twitter links). Last month, Reds GM Walt Jocketty said he was "optimistic" that Bailey and the Reds would be able to negotiate a long-term deal.

Bailey filed for a 2014 salary of $11.6MM through the arbitration process, while the Reds countered with $8.7MM. After that, Bailey is due to hit the market as a 28-year-old, and if his 2014 season is anything like his 2013 (in which he posted a 3.49 ERA with 8.6 K/9 and 2.3 BB/9 over 209 innings), he'll be an immensely valuable property — Max Scherzer is the only 2014-15 free agent starter who rates more highly. Given the probability of an enormous payday for Bailey, it's easy to see why he and the Reds might be having trouble finding common ground on an extension.

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  1. UltimateYankeeFan 1 year ago

    I really like Bailey. He pitches in a hitter friendly park and still manages to pitch very, very well. He doesn’t give up a lot of HR’s and his K/BB ratio has improved every year. With a 2014 season that’s anything close to his 2013 season and being just 28 at the very start of the 2015 season he’s looking at a huge payday come FA.

    • rundmc1981 1 year ago

      I’ve liked him for the Bronx, but if he’s wanting anything near 6/$125MM, no thanks. That’s ridiculous.

      • David 1 year ago

        I’d much, much MUCH rather give 6/125 to Bailey than 7/150 to Tanaka.

        • rundmc1981 1 year ago

          Yeesh. I don’t like either one, but I guess time will tell.

    • Gnotorious 1 year ago

      CC, Scherzer, Baily, Tanaka, Nova…

      • MB923 1 year ago

        I’d be surprised if Scherzer doesn’t get an extension from the Tigers

        • slider32 1 year ago

          Me too!

        • UltimateYankeeFan 1 year ago

          I agree, although keep in mind the Tigers did entertain the idea of trading him this winter. So he could be a candidate to be moved at the trade deadline for a nice package from another team.

      • slider32 1 year ago

        and Banuelos next year

    • slider32 1 year ago

      I’d like to see the Yanks get either Scherzer or Bailey next year to replace Kuroda. I think either Baneulos or Pineda will be in the 5th spot next year. I think the Yanks will either get Ramirez, Headley, and Lowrie next year.

  2. Cory Trenkamp 1 year ago

    Reds can’t afford Bailey. Let’s focus on locking up Latos. But what Baseball really needs is a salary cap!

    • PaperLions 1 year ago

      Baseball is awash in cash. Every owner makes more money than the highest paid player, and the players are the talent responsible for generating 100% of baseball-related income. Why would you want a system that ensures that owners keep more of the revenue?

      Every team could spend more money and still make a huge profit every year.

      • FrankDrebinLives 1 year ago

        The trouble is the local TV contracts vary so much. There is no way the Royals are going to get the same amount of money for their local TV contract as the Yankees or Dodgers do.

        • monroe_says
          monroe_says 1 year ago

          Yet 34% of local TV revenues are split among all the teams, so that does help somewhat.

          • FrankDrebinLives 1 year ago

            Even with Revenue Sharing—Angels make $119.61, Reds make $44.93.

          • monroe_says
            monroe_says 1 year ago

            Well, I guess we can be thankful that the Angels seem to have no idea how to effectively spend all of that money.

      • Wee McGee 1 year ago

        I don’t care about the owners. I care about a level playing ground, just like in the other sports.

      • johnsilver 1 year ago

        Who takes all the risk if the item is profitable or not, or if fans show up or not? The player, or the Owners?

        That is why owners keep more of the revenue, or should at least be able to keep a third of the portion for themselves to keep said business solvent and some groups of people refuse to understand that.

  3. Lilstackhustla 1 year ago

    What kind of money would Bailey likely get in free agency?

    • Wee McGee 1 year ago

      I’m hearing 6 years, 125 million.

      • Jared S 1 year ago

        With the qualifying offer system and Santana and Jimenez looking at 3 year deals, I don’t know if Bailey will get $125 million with the draft pick compensation attached.

      • CitizenSnips 1 year ago

        $20MM+/yr for a #3 starter at best? C’mon son.

        • Wee McGee 1 year ago

          That’s why I think the Reds should trade him NOW. That is indeed crazy boy.

  4. monroe_says
    monroe_says 1 year ago

    Sadly, the train to extend Bailey has left the station. The last chance to do so was probably before last season. It’s a shame as he’s finally developed into who everyone thought he’d become.

  5. Dave Janeway 1 year ago

    Homer is worth the cash. Once he develops even more command this guy is going to HOF good. If he pitched in San Diego he already would have been a 25 game winner.

  6. nick bruggeman 1 year ago

    I know we hear it all the time about how a player being from a certain area so fans think he would want to return home and it turns out they follow the money and go to another team. However, I get the feeling Bailey wants to go back south and I can see the Rangers making a push for him next offseason if he performs well this year. They lost out on Grienke, were interested in Tanaka before Choo ate up a lot of the payroll they had available. I could see him taking less dollar wise if Texas comes calling just like Choo did because he could make it back up since there is no state tax.

  7. Dbacksfan44 1 year ago

    Id give Bailey 6/100 but wouldn’t go up to 6/125

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