Saturday, February 8, 2014

Report: 'Enormous gap' exists between Homer Bailey and Reds in extension talks

It goes without saying, but Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com said it anyway Saturday afternoon when he reported that Homer Bailey and the Reds are far apart about a long-term contract extension.

Bailey remains the lone Reds player locked in the arbitration process. The 27-year-old filed for $11.6 million last month while Cincinnati countered with $8.7 million. In order to sign him beyond next season, the Reds will would likely have to pony up more than $15 million per season on average, with the length of the deal in the 5-7 year range.

Let's call a spade a spade, guys. That's not going to happen. Not unless new ownership takes over and goes wild with the checkbox. The current regime just doesn't have that kind of financial muscle and understandably so.

Again, it's going to be one of the more intriguing storylines in 2014 to see how the Reds handle Bailey's situation. Will they trade him at the deadline? Will they ride his arm all season long into free agency? Or by some slim chance will they strike an long-term extension?

Via Eye on Baseball

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