Cincinnati is still feeling some positive vibes from a highly successful week of All-Star festivities, but big business is underway in the executive offices at Great American Ball Park. This comes from John Fay’s latest in the Cincinnati Enquirer …
The fire sale is in full swing. The Reds have put all the players they [are] willing to part with on the shelf. Owner Bob Castellini has given go-ahead to trade as needed.
Reds general manager Walt Jocketty has stated that Home Run Derby hero Todd Frazier will not be traded, and we can probably rule out Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, and Homer Bailey because of their contracts (and other factors). But it seems plausible that Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake, Aroldis Chapman, Jay Bruce, Marlon Byrd, Skip Schumaker, and Brayan Pena could all be on the move ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. Cueto and Leake definitely because of their status as big-ticket impending free agents.
Fay notes that Jocketty’s approval rating has “eroded” in Cincy, so this is going to be an important couple of weeks for him personally. It’s also an important couple of weeks for the organization, which has been in bad need of a rebuild. The club’s record as of Sunday morning was 40-48. And the farm system isn’t great.
Reds starter Homer Bailey underwent Tommy John surgery along with teammate Matt Magill on Friday, MLB.com’s John Fay reports. Bailey had surgery in September to repair a tear in his flexor tendon and made his 2015 season debut on April 18, but only made it two starts before returning to the disabled list. Bailey will likely be out until midseason in 2016.
Bailey, 29, is in the second year of a six-year, $105 million contract extension with the Reds. He finished with a 3.71 ERA and a 124/45 K/BB ratio in 145 2/3 innings last season.
Bailey is the 17th major league pitcher to undergo Tommy John surgery since the beginning of the year, according to data collected by Jon Roegele of The Hardball Times. Six pitchers, including Bailey and Magill now, have had the procedure in the last two weeks. The others are Alex Cobb, Adam Ottavino, Brandon McCarthy, and Joe Nathan.
The Reds were going to shut Homer Bailey down for two months. Think bigger, Cincinnati:
Bad news for Bailey and the Reds, who are in the in the second season of a six-year, $105 million contract together.
Bailey made two poor appearances this season before going on the DL. Last year he was shut down early with arm problems. 2012 and 2013 are the only two seasons in his nine years in the majors in which he made as many as 30 starts, pitched as many as 200 innings and had an ERA that was better than league average.
No decision has been made yet on whether Homer Bailey needs elbow surgery, but in the meantime the Reds announced that he’s been placed on the 60-day disabled list.
That means, surgery or not, Bailey is out until at least July, and it’s rare to see a team immediately shut down a player for 60 days rather than the standard 15 days unless the injury is likely to be season-ending. In other words: Cincinnati would at least wait a little bit to make that move if there was any chance of Bailey avoiding a lengthy layoff.
Bailey missed the end of last season with a flexor tendon injury that required surgery in September and was just now healthy enough to make a pair of starts for the Reds after beginning the year on the disabled list. Now he’s back on the shelf for at least two months and possibly much longer, and the 29-year-old’s career is at a crossroads in the second season of a $105 million contract extension.
Michael Lorenzen, a 23-year-old top-100 prospect and 2013 first-round draft pick, will replace Bailey in the Reds’ rotation and make his MLB debut today against the Brewers.
Homer Bailey has already been placed on the disabled list with a sprained elbow and Reds manager Bryan Price admitted today that surgery may be needed.
Bailey will undergo further testing, but Price met with the local media before tonight’s game and the Associated Press writes that “he will be sidelined for much longer” than the minimum 15-day DL stint even if surgery isn’t required.
In other words, it’s another serious arm injury for the 29-year-old right-hander who began the season on the DL following September surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon.
Bailey is in the second season of a $105 million contract extension.