Homer Bailey underwent Tommy John surgery on Friday

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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.

Carter Stewart will get $7 million over six years to play for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks

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Yesterday we wrote about Carter Stewart, the American pitcher who, after failing to sign with the Braves last year, went to junior college. Rather than re-enter the draft this year, Stewart has signed with the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks of the Japanese Pacific League.

Jeff Passan of ESPN has the details on that deal: $7 million for six years. That’s five million more than the lowball offer the Braves gave him after drafting him last year and over $2 million more than he would’ve gotten if the Braves had paid him slot last year. This year he was projected to be a second round pick, Passan says, so his slot bonus would’ve been under $2 million.

As Passan notes, though, he has the chance to make out far better than that, though. That’s because his six-year deal would allow the now-19-year-old Stewart to come back to the U.S. as a 25-year-old free agent via the posting system. Passan does some back-of-the-envelope figuring, comparing what he’d make in the U.S. had he stayed vs. the $7 million he’s now guaranteed in Japan:

In a near-optimal scenario, Stewart would receive around $4 million for the next six years — and would not reach free agency until after the 2027 season, when he will be 28. His deal with the Hawks would guarantee Stewart $3 million more and potentially allow him to hit free agency three years earlier.

He could flame out, of course. The Braves’ lowball offer was based on concerns about his wrist. Even without that, there are no guarantees when young arms are involved.

But there is a $7 million guarantee for Stewart now, and the chance to do better than if he had stayed in the U.S. And the opportunity was created, in large part, by Major League Baseball’s clamping down on pay for draft picks and doing whatever it can to extend team control over players via service time manipulation. Stewart, and his agent Scott Boras, are merely exploiting an inefficiency in the market.