Yet, here we sit, no more than a month later and the two sides are reportedly near a deal – one that Bailey confirmed Monday morning.
Bailey confirms that multi-year deal is close. “We’re going in the right direction.”
The Reds were concerned that signing Bailey would financially strap them moving forward, but there was also the understandable concern of losing Bailey and how difficult he’d be to replace in their starting rotation.
The alleged six-year, $100 million dollar contract isn’t exactly awful given the money handed out to pitchers this offseason, so while I wouldn’t exactly call it ‘team friendly’, there’s a bit of a discount in there in comparison to what Bailey could secure on the open market.
The deal would cover Bailey’s final year of arbitration eligibility who is coming off a season where he posted a 3.49 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 199 strikeouts in 209 innings of work.