Winter Meetings 2012: Cincinnati Reds Talking Extension With Homer Bailey

By Ryan Gaydos
Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Reds have been talked about at the MLB Winter Meetings as a team that is looking to grab an upgrade in the outfield in place of Drew Stubbs. The Reds have been in talks with the Colorado Rockies to acquire Dexter Fowler and in return the Reds could possibly send them Homer Bailey who the Rockies liked. Now, that trade talk is dying and the Reds have shifted focus to try and lock up Bailey for the long term.

Bailey is a right-handed pitcher that has spent about six years so far in the Reds organization moving around from a reliever to a starter and vice versa. The Reds are high on Bailey and see him as a vital part of the rotation that helped them capture a few National League Central division crowns. Bailey is 38-33 all-time with Cincinnati with a 4.50 ERA.

In 2012, Bailey had his best season with the Reds by far. In 33 starts, Bailey had a 13-10 record with a 3.68 ERA and 168 strikeouts. Bailey also had a 7.3 K/9 ratio to go along with it. With that season, Bailey’s potential is sky rocketing and his progress only further solidifies the Reds’ as a dangerous team in the National League for seasons to come.

Not only are the Reds looking at Bailey for a possible extension, the team will also reach out to Mat Latos who produced 14 wins for the Reds for the second time his career. Latos was acquired by the Reds from the San Diego Padres for Edinson Volquez. prior to the 2012 season.

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