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Arroyo's return would enable the Reds to sell high on Homer Bailey.
Nothing bothers fans more than learning that one of their impact players doesn't want to stay with the team.
Homer Bailey has persistently declined to participate in extension talks with the Cincinnati Reds. That doesn't make him a bad person; he's just confident that his career will continue on an upward trajectory, culminating in an enormous payday once he reaches free agency next winter.
In all likelihood, though, the mid-market Reds won't be his highest bidder.
There's no better time than the present to cut ties with Bailey. He's trimmed his ERA and WHIP for five consecutive seasons, plus the right-hander is younger than fellow trade candidate David Price and in line for a slimmer 2014 salary. Oh yeah, and he's thrown a pair of recent no-hitters.
Newly signed Chien-Ming Wang is a long shot to rival Bailey's production, as are Cincinnati's other internal options. Only the return of free agent Bronson Arroyo would provide the Reds with sufficient depth to shop him.
But for what it's worth, general manager Walt Jocketty doubts that they can strike a deal with the veteran innings-eater, per John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer.