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Apr 2019
Why? You know why."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Farmers onlyFeaturesPlayoffsHistory/Hall of FamePeer into the FutureYep Jeurys Familia Jersey , we’re still watching Homer Bailey pitch for the Cincinnati RedsNew,48commentsWhy? You know why.should the Reds opt to buy him out of a 2020 option that would otherwise pay him another $25 million. In essence, that’s a 1 year, $28 million commitment to him after the end of this season, and it’s clear that the Reds continue to run him out there every fifth or sixth day purely because of it.Sure, they’re hoping he can miraculously morph back into a decent pitcher again, and they’d love to have the no-hitter tosser they originally signed to this massive $105 million deal years ago. In reality, though, they’re probably just hoping he can show just enough decent work in his final handful of starts that they can find some way, any way to give him away to some poor sap this offseason, which is something that’s a nearly impossible task to ask.Nearly impossible. Believe it or not, there are a few other players across the MLB landscape that are in somewhat similar situations.Up in Toronto, for instance, Troy Tulowitzki hasn’t played a single inning this season after having surgery on both of his heels last offseason. At 33 years old, he’s actually older than Homer, played in just 66 games due to injury in 2017, hasn’t played more than 131 games in a season since 2011, and has at least $38 million guaranteed left on his contract through the end of the 2020 season (including an option buy-out). On top of that, he’s not even been that good when healthy, owning just a 97 OPS+ in 325 games played dating back to the start of the 2015 season.Do the rebuilding Blue Jays need Tulowitzki? Not at all, at that level of production. Do they need Homer Bailey? Not at all, at his level of production. Is there enough of a commonality between how much money they’re due, their injury histories Mike Piazza Jersey , and the need to move of for both of them to think a bad contract swap could happen with some money changing hands and a prospect or two thrown in? There probably is, actually, even if the Reds have no real need for a player like Tulowitzki now, or in the future.The New York Yankees could well be in a similar situation with Jacoby Ellsbury, who also hasn’t played a lick this year. He’s due some $46 million through 2020 (with an option buyout included), and when somewhat healthy during the 2015-2017 seasons he posted just an 89 OPS+ across 371 games played. Do the Reds really need that kind of player? Not particularly, especially at his age (34), but there’s still a way they could reduce their overall dollar amount owed to a sunk-cost player in 2019 - the last year they owe Homer any money - and spread their overall amount owed out over multiple years, if the Yankees were at all inclined to actually save a few million bucks in total to facilitate the deal.Dexter Fowler will be 33 in March, and posted a disastrous 58 OPS+ for the St. Louis Cardinals in 90 games this year before landing on the 60-day DL with a broken foot. He’s owed a guaranteed $49.5 million through 2021. Ian Desmond has posted a miserable 78 OPS+ across 230 games with the Colorado Rockies - with Coors Field as his home field - since signing on to be their primary 1B before the 2017 season. He’s still due some $40 million guaranteed.Jordan Zimmermann has pitched to a gross 5.20 ERA and 85 ERA+ in 68 games for the Detroit Tigers over the last three seasons, and he has a whopping $50 million left on his contract for the next two seasons.In other words, there are actually a handful of contracts for players across the league at the moment that might not be quite as bad on-paper as Homer’s was when he first signed it, but now look equally as awful as the overall number of years and dollars left on Bailey’s deal grind toward their ultimate conclusion. And while there’s likely not an exec on any team in baseball who would actively tell you they’d like to have Homer on their team, there isn’t a single one in the game who wouldn’t salivate at the opportunity to save a few million bucks while still jettisoning an awful contract of their own.Will we actually see the Reds able to pull that off? Will they actually be willing to eat a disgusting amount of their own money to get a player like that off the books? It happened in a much smaller size - with a much more productive player - with Brandon Phillips and the Atlanta Braves a few years back, but it still seemed to need mountains moved to make that happen. With Homer, the odds are much, much worse, but with every start we still see him on the Reds, he’s at least inching closer and closer to having a small enough - relatively speaking - amount left on his deal to at least think it in the realm of possibilities.In this awful, everloving rebuild, that just might be the next step. Kenley Jansen finished second in the National League with 38 saves, but a two-week stint on the DL put his season, and potentially career http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-tim-tebow-jersey , in jeopardy."Kenley Jansen finished second in the National League with 38 saves, but a two-week stint on the DL put his season, and potentially career, in jeopardy. What went rightThrough the first four-and-a-half months, Jansen was yet again one of the best closers in all of baseball. He had an ERA of 2.15 and had the most saves in the National League. The big man had 61 strikeouts in 54 1? innings, and opponents were hitting just .174.After giving up three homers in his first seven appearances, Jansen was practically unhittable over the next few months, giving up just one in his next 35 games. He had a 17-game stretch where he allowed only one run, struck out 21, and only allowed seven hits. Jansen’s great first-half landed him on the All-Star team for the third season in a row. What went wrongIn early August, Jansen was sent back home to Los Angeles while the team was in Colorado.Before the series-opener, Jansen was experiencing an irregular heartbeat.“Anytime you’re talking about the heart and irregular heartbeat, you’ve got to be very careful with it,” manager Dave Roberts said. “You’re talking about altitude [in Denver]. That’s why we want to be proactive and get him back [to Los Angeles.]”It was initially ruled that Jansen would be sidelined four-to-six weeks, but he had a speedy recovery, coming back two weeks later. “I’m not thinking of my heart. If it goes, it goes,” Jansen said upon his return. “I’m ready to go. Ain’t no time here. We’re two games back. Thirty-seven games left, we’ve got to go. I don’t need to be babied. I’m not going to be babied. A four-out save, three-out save, five-out save, I’m ready.”Jansen had a rough return, allowing two homers and three hits in his first outing since the DL stint. He allowed runs in his next three outings http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-tim-tebow-jersey , seeing his ERA rise from 2.15 to 3.09 in just one week. Overall, Jansen allowed 13 homers on the season, which was more than double the amount of his previous career high of six.He returned to his normal self during September, re-establishing himself as one of the best closers in the game. But struggles would again find Jansen in the World Series, blowing the lead in both games 3 and 4. Luckily for LA, they won game 3 in a record-breaking 18-inning affair. The same couldn’t be said for game 4 however. With a one-run lead in the eighth, Jansen allowed a home run to Steve Pearce, tying the game. Ultimately, LA would drop game 4, and the World Series. 2018 particulars Age: 31Stats: 1-5, 3.01 ERA, 39 Saves, 82 SO, 0.99 WHIP Salary: $10 millionGame of the yearMore like stretch of the year. From April 21 until May 31, Jansen was one of the best relievers in baseball. During the stretch, Jansen owned an ERA of 0.50, held opponents to a .151 average, and struck out 21. His strikeout-to-walk ratio was better than four-to-one.Roster statusJansen has eight years and 73 days of service time. He is signed through 2021, but can opt-out of his contract at the end of the 2019 season.

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