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Reds could trade Homer Bailey to create payroll space

Jan 5, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

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The Reds’ rotation appears to be set, but John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer suggests the team could trade Homer Bailey to create room in the payroll for one more free agent signing. Fay does mention that the Reds wouldn’t sign a free agent like Nelson Cruz or Stephen Drew.

Bailey, 27, is eligible for arbitration for the final time going into the 2014 season. He will get a raise over last season’s $5.35 million salary, especially since he had the best season of his career (3.49 ERA in 209 innings) and threw a no-hitter. Fay writes that it makes sense for the Reds to move Bailey if they don’t think they can sign him to a contract extension.

If the Reds do trade Bailey, they could reunite with starter Bronson Arroyo, whose market hasn’t been nearly as strong as anticipated as he remains available in the free agent market.

  1. beast2727 - Jan 5, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    Billy Hamilton and homer Bailey for Lucas duda seems about right. Reds might need to throw in a pick to make the mets bite

    • stex52 - Jan 6, 2014 at 9:31 AM

      Har Har Har.

      The Astros will trade Dallas Keuchel for him straight up. :-)

    • ewyorksockexchange - Jan 6, 2014 at 10:12 AM

      Aside from the fact that Duda isn’t worth either of those players alone in a trade, and that you can’t trade draft picks in the MLB, there is nothing wrong about what you just said.

  2. zalbatt07 - Jan 5, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    Lol I really hope this was a joke. If not, you must be some crazy Mets fan. Why would the Reds trade a guy that could steal 60+ bases for a career .246 hitter? Also, you can’t trade picks in baseball. C’mon man…

    • uyf1950 - Jan 5, 2014 at 7:13 PM

      “…you can’t trade picks in baseball…” that’s only partially correct. The 12 MLB teams that qualified for 2014 competitive balance picks not to be confused with compensation picks can trade those picks. The 12 teams that qualified for those picks for 2014 are:
      Competitive Balance Round A (comes after the 1st round of the draft):

      Competitive Balance Round B (comes after the 2nd round of the draft):

      You will notice neither the Reds OR Mets qualified.

  3. cackalackyank - Jan 5, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    Gardner for Bailey might be ok.

    • uyf1950 - Jan 5, 2014 at 6:59 PM

      It would be a good deal for both teams. Bailey is scheduled to make via arbitration about $9MM, Gardner about $4MM according to MLBTR. It frees up some money for the Reds to maybe add Arroyo and gives the Reds a quality outfielder that they very well might be able to re-sign at the end of the 2014 season.

      For the Yankees getting Bailey obviously adds a quality starter to a rotation that at this point has some question marks.

      On the surface this seems like a win/win for both the Reds and the Yankees.

      • Reflex - Jan 5, 2014 at 7:10 PM

        Why not just sign Garza or Ubaldo instead of opening a huge hole in their lineup? There is no adequate replacement for Gardner on the Yankees, every other outfielder they have is a significant downgrade defensively, offensively or both.

        The offensive downgrade from Gardner to say, Soriano or Wells is much larger than the upgrade from Garza to Bailey, especially given that Bailey has pitched his whole career in the weaker NL and is likely to perform closer to league average in the AL East. And this is to say nothing of the fact that by having to play Soriano/Wells/Ichiro every day in LF they now have to play another of those three daily at DH…

      • uyf1950 - Jan 5, 2014 at 7:20 PM

        @ Reflex, personally I like Jimenez and I would like very much for the Yankees to sign him, Garza not so much. I have real concerns about his ability to stay healthy over the length of say a 4 year $55 to $60MM deal.

        Like I said Jimenez would definitely be my 1st choice, but Bailey would not be a bad fall back option in my opinion. I’d pass on Garza, though.

        As for the Yankees outfield. IF they were to trade Gardner, I think there would be a very real possibility for the Yankees to call up Almonte he played decently last fall when they called him up and he had a very good season in Winter Ball. He’s good defensively and he probably has a good chance of making the team if not this year for the 2015 season when Gardner/Soriano/Wells and Ichiro are all FA’s if they aren’t gone before then.

      • dondada10 - Jan 5, 2014 at 7:30 PM

        I’m surprised how many quality starters are still on the market. Garza, E. Santana, Arroyo. I know Tanaka is the big name, but all three of these guys figure to get less than him.

      • spudchukar - Jan 6, 2014 at 7:24 AM

        The National League is “weaker” is a myth.

      • Reflex - Jan 6, 2014 at 1:44 PM

        Spud – Last time I saw numbers for interleague play it was not a myth. A bit out of date, but here is an article on the topic from last year:

        I prefer NL baseball. But right now the balance seems to be that most of the best teams are in the AL.

      • spudchukar - Jan 6, 2014 at 7:40 PM

        Reflex, the problem with your argument goes like this. The Yankees are going to need the DH spot almost every day for one of their “regulars”. Only Gardner and Ellsbury are capable of starting over 120 games. That leaves Jeter, Texeira, Roberts, McCann, Beltran, and Rodriguez (or whoever) out of the line-up 1 out of 4 days. With Gardner gone, that opens up the DH, spot or LF when Soriano sits.

        It is also why I believe the Yanks would be prudent in acquiring a 3B/LF guy, who would make them more flexible. Johnson did play some outfield in 2013, and his left-handed bat might find playing time. However, he would have to adjust to the 3B spot and I don’t know if he is capable of making that switch.

        Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think this is ideal, but with so many dinosaurs, they may be a better overall team, with Soriano in left for about 80-100 games, than Gardner, and the necessary starter he would garner. And this is assuming that none of the above mentioned suffers injury, which is on par with the Astros claiming the WS title.

  4. nysportsrule - Jan 5, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    Don’t worry, as a mets fan, I can say that we know this would never happen. This guy isn’t serious, and there isn’t any reason to take anything he says seriously.

  5. Uncle Charlie - Jan 5, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    Granted Bailey would bring in at least one top prospect, if the Reds trade Bailey and keep Phillips Jockety should be replaced.

  6. braddavery - Jan 5, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    Sounds like a guy the Twins should be all over to shore up that “huge potential in 2007” rotation they are putting together.

  7. benrob99 - Jan 6, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    Bailey would be ideal to shore up the Pirates rotation. It won’t happen because they gave Edison freaking Volquez 5 million. But it’d be nice.

  8. jm91rs - Jan 6, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    No way they’ll trade Bailey within the division, but if they trade him it had better be for some prospects, not just payroll space.

  9. stex52 - Jan 6, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Bailey is a very promising pitcher to release for any less than a couple of good prospects. I think the Reds need him more than some splashy free agent. Who would it be, anyway?

    • redsin4 - Jan 6, 2014 at 10:50 AM

      he’s only gotten better. with free agency looming bailey is going to have a great year.

  10. 1976 bucs paper bag look in 2013 - Jan 6, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    I have no comment! Just win…

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