Bailey is better than those three pitchers. Better by a lot in fact.
Here is the list of potential free agent SP's from BP http://www.baseballprospectus.com/co...ents-for-2014/
(* – player whose current contract includes 2014 option.)
I don't see the guy on here that's just hitting his age prime years, coming off a season where he had the 13th most K's and 16th lowest WHIP of all starters. That's an ACE. Ubaldo had the closest season to him, except a much higher WHIP. 1.30 to Homer's 1.12. 2013 was a huge bounceback for him after two very POOR years. Meanwhile, Bailey has been getting better every year, the past three years. He's also two years younger.Code:Starting Pitchers Bronson Arroyo Scott Baker Erik Bedard Nick Blackburn * A.J. Burnett Chris Capuano * Chris Carpenter Bruce Chen Bartolo Colon Aaron Cook Jorge De La Rosa Scott Feldman Gavin Floyd Jeff Francis Armando Galarraga Jon Garland Matt Garza Roy Halladay * Jason Hammel Aaron Harang * Rich Harden Dan Haren Roberto Hernandez Tim Hudson Phil Hughes Ubaldo Jimenez * Josh Johnson Jeff Karstens Hiroki Kuroda John Lannan Jon Lester * Colby Lewis Ted Lilly Derek Lowe Paul Maholm Shaun Marcum Jason Marquis Daisuke Matsuzaka Brett Myers * Ricky Nolasco Mike Pelfrey Clayton Richard Wandy Rodriguez * Jonathan Sanchez Ervin Santana Johan Santana * Joe Saunders * James Shields * Tim Stauffer Jason Vargas Ryan Vogelsong * Edinson Volquez Tsuyoshi Wada * Chien-Ming Wang Chris Young Barry Zito
Not everyone blasted the Royals, and I thought it was exactly the type of trade they needed to make. The Royals have offense. They needed pitching. had they not made that trade, all 2013 would have been is yet another year to collect a top ten draft pick. Instead, they were in the WC race most of the year. They picked up the option on Shields. Davis was a bit of a bust as a starter, but was fairly dominant as a reliever.
My point is the Rangers have no place for Profar to play, especially once they sign Cruz, which in all likelihood they will do. So get as much as you can for him. Bailey makes the Rangers serious division contenders in a depleted rotation past Darvish.
Suck it up cupcake.
Yep. The Royals are the opposite of the Reds. They can produce position players but not pitchers. Trading with them would be a good move if we're dead set on dealing Bailey.
I think teams interested in trading for pitching would take a shot at Price before they would Bailey. But after Price is traded, there's very few great pitchers available. Bailey could get us quite the haul and allow us to rebuild the top end of the farm system.
Reading rumors that the Rays will be shopping Matt Joyce now that DeJesus has been resigned. Joyce would be nice platoon partner with Ludwick and a potential breakout in GAB if used properly. A bit of a defensive lug but can take a walk and has plenty of pop. Salary projected to be in the $3.7MM range.
What would it take in a trade?
$3.7 Mil is the key. My guess is something toolsy with upside like Junior Arias would get it done.
A similar older player would be Jason Kubel who is a free agent, he makes a very nice LH platoon partner, and I can't imagine he would cost more than $3.7 Mil on a one year deal, probably less given how bad last year was with him. He needs a chance to get healthy and exploit matchups.
The Sox traded Bullfrog the only player they've got for Shottenhoffen. Four-eyes Shottenhoffen a utility infielder. They've got a whole team of utility infielders.
"On-base percentage is great if you can score runs and do something with that on-base percentage," Baker said. "Clogging up the bases isn't that great to me."
Tom Servo (11-06-2013)
Tidbit in this story about the premium on 30-home-run guys:
http://sports.yahoo.com/news/power-o...062513098.htmlWith $50 million freed up from an upcoming Brandon Phillips trade – "He's gone," one executive said Tuesday – and the departure of Bronson Arroyo and Shin-Soo Choo, the Reds have a decent amount of payroll flexibility, even if they extend Homer Bailey, Johnny Cueto or Mat Latos, all of whom will hit free agency within the next two years.
"I never argue with people who say baseball is boring, because baseball is boring. And then, suddenly, it isn't. And that's what makes it great." - Joe Posnanski
The departure of Choo and Arroyo don't give the Reds any payroll flexibility. We're still at 79 million in 2014 contracts taking them out of the equation. You only get flexibility if you trade one of the players under contract for 2014.
"No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference." ~Tommy Lasorda
The problem with platooning Ludwick means he would sit the majority of time being the RH side of the platoon. Not sure the Reds are progressive enough to use their roster this way. Perhaps the signing of Bourgeois signals they can go that way with Baker gone. Since Bourgeois is very platoon capable with his splits.
Phillips is actually a good deal for 2014, and maybe even 2015. It's 2016-17 that his contract is a problem. And it's also why signing Choo is problematic. Finding the money to pay him this year isn't a problem. Paying him in 2016 and beyond, while also keeping the pitching in tact is.
"Man, the pitch looks fast, even in slow motion." Thom Brennaman on Chapman's fastball.