Homer Bailey signed a six-year, $105 million contract with the Reds in February 2014. Then he missed a big part of the 2014 season with elbow fatigue. Then he missed almost all of the 2015 and 2016 seasons due to Tommy John surgery. His rehab took a long time too, as he suffered elbow pain while on the way back. He eventually returned at the end of July and pitched through August.
Now his 2017 season is going to get a late start. The Dayton Daily news reports that he had surgery today to remove bone spurs. He’ll begin throwing in about 4-6 weeks, which will likely push his timetable for game action into May.
So, yeah, that contract is off to a rough start. For three years.
According to MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger, Twins GM Thad Levine told 1390 Granite City Sports that reliever Glen Perkins will retire.
Perkins, 34, has battled shoulder injuries over the last two years, limiting him to a total of 7 2/3 innings between 2016-17. His decision doesn’t come as much of a surprise given the circumstances. The Twins declined his $6.5 million club option back in October, making him a free agent.
Across parts of 12 seasons, all with the Twins, Perkins compiled a 3.88 ERA with 120 saves and a 504/158 K/BB ratio in 624 1/3 innings. He ranked among baseball’s best closers from 2013-15, racking up 102 of those saves with a 3.08 ERA. The lefty made the American League All-Star team in each of those three seasons.