The Cincinnati Reds might not have signed a big-name free agent this offseason, but they still have managed to keep themselves rather busy this winter. In fact, many forget that the Reds decided to show manager Dusty Baker the door in October after six years with the team. Thus, first-time manager Bryan Price will take the throne as manager after serving as Cincinnati’s pitching coach for a number of years.
Thankfully, Price won’t have to worry about finding a replacement to Homer Bailey for a long while. Bailey agreed to a six-year extension with the Reds on Wednesday; making the 27-year-old righty a very rich man in the process. Reds fans have grown accustomed to Bailey’s durability — the 6-foot-4, 230-pound starter tossed over 200 hundred innings for the second straight year in 2013 and has shown zero signs of slowing down.
Instead, Bailey has steadily improved over the years with his most recent season being his best. Surprisingly, Bailey even led the Reds in strikeouts last year with 199 Ks. Cincinnati really won big here as Reds general manager Walt Jocketty no longer has to worry about out-bidding plenty of other MLB teams next offseason when Bailey was set to become a free agent.
Sure, you can argue that $105 million is a little large for someone with such a shaky past, but you have to “pay to play” and durable starters like Bailey are hard to come by in this day and age.