Ken Broo's Spring Training Blog: Homer Bailey's $105M deal good news for Mat Latos

Right-hander is on last year of his contract

GOODYEAR, Ariz. - More sunshine and blue skies as training camp rolls on. Had a chance to talk with Sam LeCure, Todd Frazier and Walt Jocketty, all at length. Thursday morning.  Joey Votto and Bob Castellini are in the on deck circle for later in the day.

The Reds officially announced the signing of Homer Bailey to a six-year, $105-million dollar contract.  Both Bailey and Jocketty participated in an ad hoc news gathering.  Bailey reiterated something he's been saying for several months:  he never said, never felt like he wanted to leave Cincinnati.  When ask specifically how long he's felt that way, Bailey quipped, "for about the last two days".....

I asked Jocketty about the length of the deal, which for a pitcher is a lot of years. Jocketty said it's becoming the norm for a quality starting pitcher to receive a contract of that length.  He also said Bailey, 27, will still be young (33) when the contract expires....

The real issue will now be whether or not the Reds can sign Mat Latos long term.  His two-year contract expires after this season.  If Bailey earned $105 million with a hefty option in year seven, bank on Latos getting better numbers...

Thursday was picture day.  You'll see some of that video on 9 On Your Side beginning at 5 p.m.  Players posed for still photos, used primarily for publicity shots.  The poses of throwing a ball, swinging a bat, etc., are time honored in baseball.  They haven't changed since the days of Matthew Brady....

I always have thought weather tips were inane, you know, like stay in the shade when the weather turns hot, wear layered clothing when it's sub zero, things such as that.  But here's my inane weather tip if you ever get a chance to come to this part of the country: Drink a lot of water.  It's very easy, regardless of the time of the year, to get dehydrated.  Best investment I make every year here is to buy a case of bottled water.  I never have any left when I head home...

Jonathan Broxton told me Thursday his surgically repaired arm is just about good to go and he has been throwing without pain since camp began.  That's more good news for an already solid bullpen.  I also asked him about his favorite Opening Day memory.  He said it was his freshman year in high school when he made the varsity team.  Broxton told me he hit two home runs that day.  I asked him how many at-bats he's had in the last two years.  Ten was his answer.  How many hits, I asked.  None was the reply.   "It's a whole different level than high school baseball", Broxton replied. No kidding....

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