MLB notebook: Reds, Bailey working on rumored 6-year deal
Reds starter Homer Bailey said he was “really close” to getting a multiyear deal completed Monday with several days left before a scheduled arbitration hearing.
Bailey is the last Reds player left in arbitration. He has a hearing scheduled for Thursday in Florida. He and the Reds have been working on a deal during the offseason.
He wouldn't confirm reports that the sides are negotiating on a six-year deal.
“There's a lot of things that we have in place,” Bailey said before the team's workout Monday morning.
“I feel the majority of it's fairly worked out, except for some of the details and stuff like that. But we're really close.”
The 27-year-old pitcher made $5,350,000 last season. He asked for $11.6 million in arbitration and the Reds offered $8.7 million.
The hard-throwing Texan went a career-best 13-10 with a 3.68 ERA in 2012, completing his breakthrough season by throwing a no-hitter in Pittsburgh on Sept. 28, a 1-0 victory. He threw the 16th no-hitter in franchise history last June 2, a 3-0 win over San Francisco.
• MLB.com reported that free-agent right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez agreed to a four-year, $48 million contract with the Orioles. Jimenez, 30, spent the past 21⁄2 seasons with the Indians. The former Rockies pitcher went 13-9 with a 3.30 ERA in 2013. The Orioles also finalized a three-year, $5,575,000 contract with South Korean right-hander Suk-min Yoon.
• Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia said his left thumb feels fine three months after surgery. Pedroia had an operation to repair the ulnar collateral ligament he tore in last year's season opener when he slid into first base in the ninth inning of an 8-2 win at Yankee Stadium. But he missed just two games all season, hit .301 and led the American League in plate appearances.
• The Rockies' new closer is a familiar face. On the first day of spring training, 41-year-old LaTroy Hawkins was given the job by manager Walt Weiss. Hawkins was a member of the Rockies in 2007 when they lost to the Red Sox in the World Series. He saved 13 games last season for the Mets.
• The Royals claimed switch-hitting outfielder Jimmy Paredes off waivers from the Orioles. Paredes, 25, has played in 118 games in the majors for the Astros since 2011. He hit .192 with four doubles, a home run and 10 RBIs in 125 at-bats last season with the Astros.
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