Originally Posted by Scrap Irony
I don't think people know how valuable Homer Bailey really is.
Even if he repeats this season, he's a solid MOR guy.
That-- at 200 IP-- is a HUGE bargain.
Plus, he has a (good) chance at becoming a true TOR guy.
His playoff starts and September show what he's capable of. You don't trade that away.*
* This assumes he's not the centerpiece deal in a game-changing offensive player, a la Giancarlo Stanton.
He's also the quickest way to save money and get big value in return, meanwhile mitigating any risk of injury from him. If he goes out next year and pitches to his career norms or gets injured, you'll never get another chance to cash this ticket. It's a sell high, yes it hurts type of move. I think he would/could/should be in a deal for a big time player. That's what I'm shooting for. I do not want to just get rid of him. If they can afford it, and sign Ludwick or someone as impactful, I say do it. But this all arises out of the soaring payroll and a few intermediate to long term holes in LF, CF, and 3b (possibly SS and C too).