Homer Bailey Released by Dodgers After Trade from Reds

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorDecember 21, 2018

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 05: Homer Bailey #34 of the Cincinnati Reds delivers a pitch in the first inning during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on September 5, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
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The Cincinnati Reds and Los Angeles Dodgers made a blockbuster trade on Friday as outfielders Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp, pitcher Alex Wood, catcher Kyle Farmer and cash were dealt in exchange for right-handed pitcher Homer Bailey and minor leaguers Jeter Downs and Josiah Gray.

However, Dodgers general manager Andrew Friedman said Bailey has been released "as a condition of waiving his 10-and-5 rights," per Eric Stephen of SB Nation.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic was the first to report on the expected Bailey release.

Bailey, who went 1-14 with a 6.09 ERA last year, has had an up-and-down MLB career that is at its lowest point.

He was taken seventh overall in the 2004 MLB draft and got the call to the bigs just three seasons later. However, Bailey had just a 4.89 ERA in 78 starts from 2007 through 2011, which included numerous stops back in the minors. He had a control issue as exemplified by a 13.7 percent walk rate in 2007 and 10.5 mark in 2009, per FanGraphs.

However, Bailey found a groove in 2012 and started a three-season stretch in which he went 33-27 with a 3.61 ERA and struck out 7.9 batters per nine innings. His walk rate plummeted, with a low of 6.0 percent in 2012.

Bailey had turned the corner entering his 2015 season, and he signed a six-year, $105 million contract to stay in Cincinnati.

Unfortunately, he underwent Tommy John surgery, which limited him to just eight starts in 2015 and 2016. In the coming years, Bailey also had surgery to remove bone spurs in his right elbow and dealt with right knee inflammation.

Those injuries have curtailed his career to the point when it's hard envisioning Bailey bouncing back with another team, especially with his decreased velocity in recent years. Still, Bailey has carved out 12 years in the bigs, which is an accomplishment in itself.


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