And Homer’s checkbook is getting larger

Posted: February 19, 2014 by jmklee in Uncategorized

 

Now that I got that out of my system, I feel better.

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Homer Bailey and the Cincinnati reached a 6 year, $105 million deal today.  Many are saying that the Reds are reaching and he is not worth it.  I am not one of those people.  What the Reds are doing are what all teams must do that have the same finical restraints.  Develop talent, extend and milk that talent like Deirdre Jackson milked Peter,

 

then cut bait and let some other team overpay that diminishing player.

The Reds have extended a core that includes Votto, Bruce, Cueto and now Bailey that I think is very key to the future of the ball club.  The last of these extensions that are key is Mat Latos who I think you have to extend if you can.  The only extension that I has felt is a waste of money is the Phillips extension but that is a discussion for another day.

You have to do two things very well to make this plan work.

1.  Draft extremely well

2.  Be able to think with your head and not your heart when it is time to walk away.

First up will be Johnny Cueto in two years.  If Johnny can put together a healthy season he will demand a pretty good paycheck but will be on the downside of an inconsistent career.  If they would be able to trade him to help restock the farm system at that time it would be great and then you can start to look at long term deals with other guys that would be up for new contracts potentially like Cingrani or Billy Hamilton.  I sure would love to see a Reds team that is built around the arms of Bailey, Latos, Cingrani and Stevenson.  Couple that with Votto, Bruce and Hamilton and you have a team that will compete year in and year out.

 

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