Tuesday, May 29, 2018

The Homer Bailey Dilemma

"Trade him!", "Release him!", "Send him to the minors!", "Put him in the bullpen!"

If you talk with the vast majority of Reds fans, you're going to get these four different outcries for an action regarding Reds Starting Pitcher Homer Bailey. If you take a look at the stats for Homer this season, you'll understand why.

Let's face facts here - Homer Bailey hasn't been good since 2014, and even then he was marginal. Yes, he's had injuries, surgeries, setbacks, and a plethora of other issues, but so had Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Matt Harvey, Adam Wainwright, Chris Carpenter, and even Hall of Famer John Smoltz. This whole "well, he's had injuries" excuse isn't cutting it anymore. The guy is giving up 2+ homeruns per 9 innings this year, and is currently sitting at 1-7 with a 6.68 ERA. There isn't a single person that's going to believe "he's not getting any run support" any more. Homer Bailey has been awful, and he's getting paid $20 million per year to be awful. Do you think Bob Castellini has buyer's remorse yet?

So the question does still remain - What do you do with Homer Bailey? Who's going to take a gamble on an ineffective Starting Pitcher? What, if any, would you even be able to get in a trade? How do you unload $20 million in salary, or better yet EAT the salary if released? Who do you send down to the minors and bring up in a starting role if Bailey is moved to the bullpen?

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