It's a question Homer Bailey is likely already asking himself about his impending free agency after 2014. And it's also a question that has to be going through the mind of general manager Walt Jocketty.
The right-hander has said before that he wouldn't mind staying in Cincinnati. But the reality is that Cincinnati can't offer Bailey the kind of money that other teams can. So, it leaves both parties in a sticky situation, especially considering a deal has yet to be agreed upon for 2014 to avoid arbitration.
Simply put, Mike Petriello of ESPN Insider is among those in favor of the Reds trading Bailey, and trading him as soon as possible. In his piece published Saturday morning, Petriello warns that the team is in trouble heading into this season, and strongly urges them to consider moving Bailey in order to reap benefits for the future.
He also adds that although the Reds see themselves as contenders, their lineup currently lacks offensive prowess behind Jay Bruce and Joey Votto, so trading Bailey could be a way to add another much-needed bat. In my opinion, it could also be a way to add another pitching prospect to the system to help fill the potential void left behind by Bailey, Mike Leake, Mat Latos, and/or Johnny Cueto one day.
All in all, it's not going to be an easy decision the Reds have to make. Bailey could very well be on the brink of super-stardom and trading him away could be a regrettable move down the line, unless the players they received in return panned out on par or better.
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