The Cincinnati Reds are nearing their payroll limit which has put a halt to their offseason – at least in regards to signing players out of free agency. That could change though if the team decides to trade starting pitcher, Homer Bailey.
Bailey will be entering his final year of arbitrational eligibility this coming season and is due to make $9 million bucks.
Moving forward with Bailey won’t come cheaply and according to the Cincinnati Enquirer, it’s possible the team may trade him to offload money:
One thing I could see happening is trading Homer Bailey. Bailey is in his final year of arbitration. He’s due to make about $9 million this year and he’ll be eligible for free agency in 2015.If the Reds are certain they aren’t going to be able to re-sign Bailey, it makes sense to move him.
One scenario brought up is moving Bailey to the New York Yankees (who are currently looking for pitching) in exchange for outfielder Brett Gardner to offshoot the loss of Shin-Soo Choo, though that’s simply speculation at this point.