Thursday, February 20, 2014

Homer Bailey credits team's commitment to winning as motive to sign extension

Homer Bailey Cincinnati Reds

Homer Bailey's contract extension with the Reds became official on Thursday as he and general manager Walt Jocketty spent time addressing the media before workouts.

If you've been alive over the past couple of days, you know the facts: Bailey will receive $105 million over six years, with the possiblity of earning $25 million in a seventh year. The deal goes down in the record book as the largest contract ever given to a Reds pitcher and third-largest overall.

While speaking to reporters in Goodyear on Thursday, Bailey shared some insight on what made him ultimately re-sign with Cincinnati. Among others, Bailey said the organization's commitment to win and his familiarity with the surroundings is what sold him on staying a Red.

From C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer:

“I think, first of all, I’d like to say thank you to this man right here and Mr. Castellini for putting their faith in me, but to answer your question, when you take a look across our organization, you see a lot of good things from our ownership group, our upper management,” Bailey said. “We have a great group of guys, and our coaching staff. Also the core group of players we have currently in Cincinnati and the ones coming up show good signs of things continuing to be good in Cincinnati as far as baseball is concerned. I don’t care how much money you’re making — some might disagree — winning and being competitive on the field says a lot about happiness and where you’re at. That was one of the things I was looking forward to and just the way this organization is run day-in and day-out says a lot and puts a lot of comfort for me.

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Once it was kind of approached early in the offseason, it was kind of a thinking process for myself,” he said. “One of the first things I did was call Bryan after he was announced as manager. One of the things I asked him was, ‘Where are we going? What are we trying to do here?’ If it’s something where we’re sneaking in in third place with a very talented team, I don’t want to be a part of that. I want to be winning divisions and going deep in the playoffs and competitive every year. Talking to him, that’s the goal of the organization. I think that says a lot.”

Bailey's new deal keeps him signed through at least 2019. He will be 33-years-old then.

The native Texan joins Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto as players who have received long-term extensions within the past two years.

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