Homer Bailey denies rumors that he wants out of Cincinnati

David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports has reported that starting pitcher Homer Bailey wants the Cincinnati Reds to trade him on more than one occasion this offseason. Here, just ask him:

Three times this offseason — from three different sources — I heard that Reds right-hander Homer Bailey wanted out of Cincinnati.”

Doing his due diligence, Rosenthal then caught up with Bailey to ask about those rumors. He reports that Bailey said the following:

“To say that I ‘want out of Cincinnati’ is not true…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.”

The Reds still have a decision to make with Bailey. They are trying to negotiate an extension with the right-handed starter, to no avail thus far. If they do not sign Bailey, 27 years old, they might have to explore moving him at the trade deadline this season whether they are in contention or not.

Bailey had a stellar season in 2013, posting a 3.34 xFIP while pitching half of his games in the cracker jack box that is Great American Ball Park. He promises to land the Reds a pretty stellar package if they decide to trade him. With free agency on the horizon at the end of 2014, Bailey is going to get paid either way. The Reds just have to decide if they want to be the ones to pay him.

Topics: Cincinnati Reds, Homer Bailey

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  • Ron Fulton

    The Reds need a righthanded left field bopper more than they need Bailey. Move Votto to the two hole, put the bopper in the 3 hole and move Chapman to the rotation to replace Bailey. Enough said.

    • Hayden Kane

      I love your plan, Ron, if for no other reason because then we would get to see Chapman in the rotation. Presumably any trade partner would want assurances from Bailey on an extension, but otherwise his trade value might never be higher than it is right now.

      • Ron Fulton

        Usually that assurance is made when trades are made at the Deadline(July 31) and not for tha entire season. Any team that feels they are one pitcher away to win would take that pitcher and try to sign him during the year. My opinion.

        • Hayden Kane

          True. And I’m guessing that makes it pretty unlikely he is moved before the season starts.

          • Ron Fulton

            It is hard for me to believe that the Yankees, as bad as they need pitching would not trade Gardner for Bailey. They have six outfielders on the roster right now, I think Jocketty is incompetent ever since the gaffes he made last year.

          • Hayden Kane

            That fit makes sense to me – although if I was the Yankees, Gardner is the outfielder I would want to keep around. I can understand your trepidation about Jocketty these days…he has a lot of “show me” moments coming up though. Decisions on Bailey, Latos, and Volquez…

          • Ron Fulton

            Yankees need Bailey more than Gardner with the glut they have. Let Jocketty do his job and go get him. If he wouldn’t have overpaid Marshall, Broxton and even Hannahan and resigned Baker he wouldn’t be in this position.

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