Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Walt Jocketty: Reds not trying to move Homer Bailey


There have been some rumblings this week that the Yankees have contacted the Reds about a possible trade involving Homer Bailey. However, general manager Walt Jocketty shot down those rumors Tuesday afternoon while speaking to reporters at the winter meetings in Orlando.

Jocketty insisted the club is actively trying to sign Bailey rather than trade him.

The idea of trading Bailey has its merits. The 27-year-old Texan is entering his final season before free agency and is expected to earn a salary in excess of $9 million in 2014. Furthermore, Bailey's value is at an all-time high after posting career-highs in ERA (3.49), innings pitched (209), WHIP (1.124), strikeouts (199), K/BB (3.69), and WAR (3.2). If the Reds are serious about trading Bailey, now is the time to do so.

On the other hand, keeping Bailey in Cincinnati beyond 2014 looks more and more appealing. The former first round pick has slowly blossomed into a legitimate top-of-the-rotation starter and looks poised to continue his development as he enters the golden years of his career.

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