The Los Angeles Dodgers traded Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, Alex Wood, and Kyle Farmer to the Cincinnati Reds. Furthermore, one of the players in return was starting pitcher Homer Bailey.
One might think the Dodgers have plans for Bailey. However, according to two tied in sources surrounding the team; this is not the case.
#Dodgers expected to DFA and release Homer Bailey once trade is completed. As I previously reported, no deal with Bryce Harper had been finalized, but team has his discussed multiple options (4, 5 and 10 years) with him.
— Michael J. Duarte (@michaeljduarte) December 21, 2018
— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) December 21, 2018
Bailey was a porous 1-14 with a 6.09 ERA, and 1.64 WHIP in 20 starts last season. He recorded 75 strikeouts and allowed 33 free passes in 106.1 innings. Nevertheless, he’s had a somewhat storied big league career that includes two no-hitters. Following arm surgery, Bailey has struggled to regain the form he once had.
Now entering his age-33 season, Bailey looks to be an expendable piece for the Dodgers. So much that – it appears they will pay his salary for him to never pitch in a Dodgers uniform.
It’s difficult to place a role for Bailey on the current version of the Dodgers. Because of this, it sounds like a likely scenario he will be given his outright release. Once this happens, he will be free to continue his career elsewhere in the big leagues.
The Dodgers have a reason for making the trade they did on Friday. That reason can be debated – but that reason doesn’t appear to be to make use of this once solid big league starting pitcher.
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