That didn’t mean he wouldn’t try though.
According to MLB.com, Bailey and the Reds are attempting to work out details on a potential contract extension after the two sides were unable to agree on an arbitration number.
“In Bailey’s case, we were working on a multi-year [deal],” Jocketty said. “The agent [Casey Close] has [Clayton] Kershaw and he has [Masahiro] Tanaka also, so he’s been tied up with that. We just didn’t anticipate getting it done, but we exchanged numbers in the event and we will continue to negotiate and hopefully get something done before the hearing date.”
While nothing was completed, Jocketty did change his tune a bit in regards to signing Bailey, suggesting that he was now optimistic about potentially reaching a deal with Bailey.
He did note that the Clayton Kershaw deal did alter the course of the market though, which will likely end up in Bailey being able to demand more money.