(MLB) — After finally starting to live up to expectations many had for him, the Cincinnati Reds and general manager Walk Jocketty admit that it may be difficult to hang onto starting pitcher Homer Bailey.
“He would probably be the one guy that’s going to be the most difficult because of how well he’s done and where he’s at in his service class,” Jocketty told MLB.com. “Young pitchers are getting quite a bit.”
Bailey is entering the final year he is eligible for arbitration, and is likely in line to receive a lucrative contract next winter if he hits the open market.
Even though it took longer than expected, 27-year-old Bailey finally seems to be figuring things out after the Reds selected him seventh overall in the 2004 Draft. In 2013, Bailey made 32 starts and went 11-12 with a 3.49 ERA with 199 strikeouts. He also threw his second career no-hitter.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN