Will the two loves intertwine to make a deal happen? I don't think so, not those two.
I am sure the Rockies would love to get their hands on Bailey, who ended the 2012 season on a high note, including a no-hitter, on his way to a 13-10 record and an ERA+ of 115.
It seems as though Bailey should be 35 years old already, because the 26-year-old Texan is entering his seventh season with the Reds.
On a positive note, how much better off would the Reds be just to have Fowler, regardless of whom they had to depart with to make it happen?
Fowler is about the same size as Reds center fielder Drew Stubbs. Fowler can get on base as his .300/.389/.474 line in 2012 proves; Stubbs can't.
Fowler has very little power. Stubbs can hit the ball a mile but is so prone to strikeouts he reminds me of a Dave Kingman wannabe. Kingman twice led the league in home runs and strikeouts in the same season.
The difference in Stubbs' defensive advantage would not offset the offensive upgrade of Fowler.
In lieu of Bailey going to the Rockies for Fowler, I would suggest Mike Leake or Tony Cingrani and Drew Stubbs or a good prospect.
That seems to be too much to give for Fowler, yet they do need pitching. The only way they would take Stubbs alone would probably be with some cash or at least the proverbial player to be named later.
Fowler wouldn't fit into the scheme of the long-term plan with Billy Hamilton coming to center field in 2014.
The deal just doesn't make real good sense to me, I would pass on this one.
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