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Homer Bailey on trade rumors: ‘It’s January, come on’


Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey went 11-12 in 2013. Let’s call him a great argument for those who do not believe in pitcher’s wins as a useful statistic.

Bailey was outstanding all season: in a career-high 209 innings, he put up a 3.49 ERA and a 3.31 FIP. He also posted a career-best 8.57 K/9. A free agent at the end of the 2014 season, Bailey is bound to be the subject of trade rumors unless he signs an extension.

This is familiar territory for Bailey, who was also the subject of some trade rumors one year ago. When asked about the grumblings today on MLB Network Radio, Bailey said he’s not impressed:

Trade rumors and stuff like that, let’s be honest, how many times are they actually right, No. 1, and No. 2, it’s January, come on…If it were the trade deadline or something, then it might be important. Realistically, right now it doesn’t matter, all I can do is get ready for the season.”

One scenario where things might get interesting would be if the Reds kept Bailey but then fell in the standings of the crowded NL Central. Some writers have wondered if the Reds are due for a letdown in 2014; it might be hard to imagine, but if they were sellers at the July 31st deadline Bailey would be a heck of a trade piece.

But that’s getting way ahead of ourselves. I mean, it’s January. Come on.

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