Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Mixed signals arise regarding Homer Bailey


Unless the Reds can work out an extension beforehand, Homer Bailey will hit the free agent market at the conclusion of the 2014 season. The Reds are reportedly interested in negotiating with the right-handed stud, but concerns about overpaying or not being able to reach an extension at all have some eyeing a potential trade, although there seems to be mixed signals about the whole situation.

Despite rumors suggesting the contrary, Walt Jocketty maintains the Reds are not interested in trading Bailey. Instead, Jocketty insists the club is trying to reach an extension with him. This is precisely what he told reporters at the winter meetings on Tuesday. But things aren't always what they seem.
Admittedly, general managers, and Jocketty specifically, are in a tough spot when it comes to talking to reporters about their true intentions, especially when it comes to this time of the year. No GM is ever willing to completely tip their hand to the media and that often results in a plethora of contradicting and misleading information, which seems to be what we have on tap in large quantity this week.

In closing, there sure seems to be a lot of news this week out of Reds camp for a week that has not honestly produced any substantial Reds news. Such is the nature of baseball's winter meetings, where executives, employees, writers, and talking heads alike collide to create a gossip-hungry atmosphere that not even a high school cafeteria could compete with. Hey, it's fun to talk about, though.

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