Re: Stephenson promoted to Pensacola
From what I read, Stephenson is a better prospect than Homer was. Fastball is just as good and he has secondary stuff to go with it. I think he will end up spending less time at AAA.
Regarding Homer, the Reds have multiple routes they could go. First, I think they try to sign him. I suspect that #years will be the difficult negotiating point. If that fails, they could trade him. The risk there is that it reduces the margin of safety for starting pitching. I think they only do that if the return is extremely high. They could trade him at the deadline if he is having a good year and the Reds are not. Lastly, if all else fails to net a good return, they could make him a qualifying offer and take the draft pick. The advantage of this last course is that it gives the Reds the best chance to win in 2014, it gives Stephenson sufficient time to develop at AAA, and it gives the Reds one more chance to sign Homer in what one hopes is the euphoria of a successful season.