Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer with the report:
Previous reports had indicated that there was an “enormous gap” in negotiations between the Reds and Bailey. If a deal can’t be hammered out soon, Bailey is on track to go to an arbitration hearing. In his third and final year, Bailey filed for an $11.6 million salary for 2014 while the Reds filed for $8.7 million, putting the midpoint at $10.15 million.
Obviously, a six-year deal in the $100 million range puts the average annual value just under $17 million per year, a significant upgrade over what Bailey is projected to earn on a one-year deal to avoid arbitration, or what he would be awarded by an arbitrator.
We’ve talked a lot about Curt Schilling’s Hall of Fame candidacy over the years.
Bill has argued that, if voters are going to use the character clause to keep certain players out, they should keep Curt Schilling out. I’ve differed on that, not because I think Schilling is a good person — he’s loathsome, actually — but because I find the character clause to be illegitimate and would never, if I had a vote, use it to impact my vote. So, yes, I’d put Schilling on my ballot if I had one.
I’m not alone in this, of course. At the moment Schilling has support on about 72% of ballots which have been made public. My guess is that he’ll fall a tad short when results are announced tomorrow — non-public ballots tend to include fewer players on them — but we’ll see.
I am not the only non-BBWAA member who would vote for Schilling. He’s got some top level support too. From the President of the United States:
Ballots had to be submitted by December 31, so it’s not like this is gonna have any impact on the vote totals. If it came earlier, though, one wonders if it would. And one wonders if that’d help Schilling or hurt him.