A few days ago, a report out of the Cincinnati Enquirer suggested Reds pitcher Homer Bailey could soon find his name in the rumor mill.
That’s likely to be the case after general manager Walt Jocketty told MLB.com that he envisions signing Bailey to a contract extension as being ‘difficult’:
“He would be probably the one guy that’s going to be the most difficult because of how well he’s done and where he’s at in this service class,” Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. “Young pitchers are getting quite a bit.”
Bailey, who is entering the final year of arbitration eligibility will be set to cash in after the season and it’s money the Reds may opt to spend elsewhere.
Of course, that doesn’t mean the Reds are going to rush out and trade Bailey since they feel they will contend for the National League Central crown, but if there is any slippage in that attempt, Bailey could be one of the first to go.
It’s also possible the two sides could agree on a one-year deal if they were unable to find common ground on a long term deal.