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Homer Bailey denies that he wants out of Cincinnati

Jan 11, 2014, 10:04 AM EDT

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There has been plenty of speculation on Homer Bailey‘s future this offseason, with Reds general manager Walt Jocketty recently conceding that it will be “difficult” to sign him to an extension, but the right-hander tells FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal that he hasn’t dismissed the possibility of staying in Cincinnati.

“To say that I ‘want out of Cincinnati’ is not true,” said Bailey, who is from La Grange, Texas. “I have nothing but good things to say about ownership and management, and I hold a great relationship with the coaching staff.

“If I am in the organization’s future, my priorities are that things make sense for me on the business end, that we are a team that continues to be a highly competitive team in the league and a team that plays the game the right way.”

There’s nothing particularly surprising about that statement, but the key is the part about whether “things make sense for me on the business end.” Bailey is due to hit free agency next offseason and given his age and career trajectory, the 27-year-old could land a contract north of $100 million on the open market. Even if he hasn’t ruled out staying in Cincinnati, the price simply could get higher than the Reds are willing to go.

Bailey has bounced back from early injuries and disappointment to post a 3.58 ERA over the past two seasons, throwing two no-hitters along the way. With MLB Trade Rumors projecting him to earn $9.3 million in his final year of arbitration, contract talks with the Reds are on “hold” at the moment.

  1. hoopmatch - Jan 11, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Statistics aside, the nickname Homer doesn’t bode well for a pitcher. He should think about changing it to Whiffer.

  2. cackalackyank - Jan 11, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    Almost sounds like Bailey is sending a message to Reds fans. “If I go it was not because I was unwilling to stay.”

  3. bigdicktater - Jan 11, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    I hope the Giants are tuned in to this.

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