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January 21, 2014

Rumor Roundup

Bringing Back Bailey

by Daniel Rathman


Reds “optimistic” about extension talks with Homer Bailey
As more and more high-end pitchers sign long-term extensions with their first big-league teams, those who don’t become hot commodities when they reach free agency. That, in turn, increases the incentive for pitchers to test the market and makes it more difficult for smaller-market clubs to retain them.

The Reds are experiencing this challenge firsthand with Homer Bailey, who has gone year to year to this point in his career and is entering his final season of arbitration eligibility. General manager Walt Jocketty discussed Bailey and his team’s other arbitration-bound players with reporters on Friday, and MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon wrote that Jocketty is undeterred by the slow pace of negotiations with the right-hander.

Bailey, who turns 28 on May 3, delivered a spate of career bests for the Reds in 2013, including a 3.49 ERA, 3.28 FIP, and 2.9 WARP—all while working a career-high 209 innings. The right-hander has a history of minor shoulder trouble, most notably inflammation in 2010 and an impingement in 2011, but he has steadily increased his workload and has been healthy in each of the past two years.

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