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The Reds are interested in doing long term deals for Homer Bailey and Mat Latos

Dec 5, 2012, 9:10 AM EDT

Mat Latos AP

Last season the Reds did long term deals for Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips. Now they’re thinking about locking up some pitching: they want to do long-term deals for Homer Bailey and Mat Latos, reports John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Bailey and Latos look to be long-term parts of the Reds rotation, with each coming off fine years. ¬†Bailey’s season was something of a revelation. After a lot of early hype and then five years of bouncing back and forth between the minors and the bigs, Bailey finally put together a complete season, starting 33 games for Cincinnati while going 13-10 in 208 innings with a 3.68 ERA.

Latos also started 33 games in his first season in Cincinnati. While his ERA was about the same as it was the year before, the move from he majors’ most pitcher friendly park in San Diego to one of the most hitter friendly environments around in Great American Ballpark evinces some significant improvement.

Both Bailey and Latos are first-time arbitration eligible players so they won’t be bank-breaking deal, but they should be bigger than the $27 million deal that teammate Johnny Cueto received when he was in their position.

  1. yankeepunk3000 - Dec 5, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    I hope they can lock down latos because they gave up a lot to get him…he did well for pitching in such a hitter friendly park

  2. redguy12588 - Dec 5, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Impressive that a small market team like the Reds think they can sustain a $120-$150M payroll.

    • paperlions - Dec 5, 2012 at 12:35 PM

      If they are just buying out arbitration years, the payroll won’t go that high…even deals that go 4+ years would probably be back loaded, with salaries simulating likely arbitration awards and then a raise for hitting FA….even then they could get a team friendly deal done since they are giving the players a lot of security.

  3. farvefromover - Dec 5, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    as long as they are winning and in contention for a World Series they can sustain that payroll

    • paperlions - Dec 5, 2012 at 12:37 PM

      “Sources” (non-Pedro Gomez division) have said that the Reds payroll in 2013 will “start with an 8″…meaning it’ll be under $90M. Their TV deal runs out in a few years, they could be planning ahead a bit if they’ve had preliminary discussions with potential broadcasters and the numbers look good.

  4. hermie13 - Dec 5, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Homer Bailey is not a first time arbitration eligible guy like the article states, but in fact eligible for arbitration a second time. He made $2.43M last year in arbitration.

  5. dutchman45 - Dec 5, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    Sounds like our GM is on top of things. You win with pitching, pitching, pitching.cant have enough!

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