Thursday, February 20, 2014

Thursday's Reds notes: Reaction to Bailey's extension, Phillips gives media silent treatment, and more



+ Joe Kay of the Associated Press has a breakdown of Bailey's six-year contract. The former first round pick will earn $9 million in 2014 and the annual salary escalates each season thereafter until peaking at $23 million in 2019. There is a mutual $25 million option for 2020, too.

+ ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick writes the Reds like what they got in Bailey. Crasnick's column includes the following quote from manager Bryan Price:

"You look at it all: The size. The work ethic. The attention to detail in preparation. The desire to be in the game after the sixth inning, and the ability to be healthy and throw over 200 innings. I'm a firm believer that this is a guy who can perform through a long-term contract and help carry a pitching staff towards the top of a rotation."

+ John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer says Brandon Phillips is giving the media the silent treatment this spring. Phillips reportedly told reporters that he just wanted to play ball. This is a non-story, in my honest opinion, but it's worth noting considering BP's dust up with the media in the past.

+ In perhaps the most obvious quote of the day, general manager Walt Jocketty told Fay that signing other players will now be tougher after the team signed Bailey. Mike Leake, Mat Latos, and Johnny Cueto are scheduled to have their contract situations come into question soon as well.

+ Continuing on with the Bailey theme, Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors chimed in with his thoughts on the extension, writing from the perspective as a neutral outsider.

+ For the fourth time in as many weeks, Joey Votto chose to go on the air live with Cincinnati sports radio host Lance McAlister for a lengthy interview. Audio can be heard right here.

+ It's been said before, but it cannot be stated enough, top pitching prospect Robert Stephenson is going to be an integral part of the franchise moving forward. With Homer Bailey signed for the long haul, he's the likely candidate to replace Mat Latos or Johnny Cueto if either should leave for free agency. Aside from Stephenson, the Reds also have southpaw David Holmberg and right-handers Nick Travieso, Daniel Corcino, and Michael Lorenzen as prospects to help plug into the rotation in the future.

+ Steve Mancuso of Redleg Nation weighs in on what Bailey's contract extension means for the Reds. He posits and answers many questions that fans probably have about the whole ordeal.

+ A pair of Reds were among Baseball America's Top 100 Prospects. The publication released its annual list on its website Wednesday. See which prospects made the cut for the Reds. Hint: They have been regulars on prior prospect lists this year. 

+ Topps was apparently in Goodyear on Wednesday having players sign their baseball card contracts. Mike Leake and Donald Lutz were especially pleased with the way their cards came out. As a kid, I collected every baseball card I could up until about age 13. At that point, I stashed my collection away for keepsake, and that's pretty much where my thousands of cards still are; storage. Perhaps one day I can whip them out and impress my kids. Otherwise, here's to hoping there's a Honus Wagner card in the mix.

+ Cincinnati Enquirer's C. Trent Rosecrans reports that MLB Network will televise nine Reds games during spring training. Six of them will come live while the other three will be on tape delay.

+ Rosecrans also talked to current Double-A Pensacola manager and former big leaguer Delino DeShields about Billy Hamilton. DeShields knows Hamilton well after managing him in the minors. You can read what DeShields had to say by visiting this link.

+ There will be a new #FaceofMLB champ this year as Votto fell to Seattle's Felix Hernandez by less than 500 total votes in MLB Network's Twitter contest. Votto previously held the #FaceofMLB title after Reds fans guided the All-Star first basemen to victory in 2013.
+ In case you missed it, here are Wednesday's Reds news and notes.

+ By my count, we're now 39 days away from Opening Day.

+ I'll leave you with this quote from owner Bob Castellini about today's signing.
Hey, whether or not these big contracts pan out, fans can't fault ownership for not trying.

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