Cincinnati Reds logoCincinnati Reds

MLB Trade Rumors: Cincinnati Reds' Homer Bailey for Colorado's Dexter Fowler

Dexter Fowler
Dexter FowlerLisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images
Cliff EasthamSenior Writer IIDecember 3, 2012

The wires were buzzing Sunday about the love the Cincinnati Reds have for Dexter Fowler.

The same was said of the Colorado Rockies about Homer Bailey.

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.

Where can I comment?

Stay on your game

Latest news, insights, and forecasts on your teams across leagues.

Choose Teams
Get it on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

Real-time news for your teams right on your mobile device.

Copyright © 2017 Bleacher Report, Inc. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All Rights Reserved. is part of Bleacher Report – Turner Sports Network, part of the Turner Sports and Entertainment Network. Certain photos copyright © 2017 Getty Images. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of Getty Images is strictly prohibited. AdChoices