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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Bailey optioned

The Reds optioned Homer Bailey to Triple-A Louisville. No great surprise. Rotation will be what we've been saying:

Aaron Harang
Bronson Arroyo
Johnny Cueto
Josh Fogg
Edinson Volquez


at 3:44 PM Blogger Hey Barry Larkin! said...

Can't say I'm not surprised. I think this is the right move, rather than letting him linger in the bullpen, or trial by fire on the rotation. He's got some things to work on in AAA. Not a problem, remember, he's only 21 years old, and 3 years out of high school. He has time. Don't fret. He'll be back.

at 3:46 PM Blogger Scottyb said...

I think it was the right thing to do.
He will be better off there than in the Bullpen.

That was great article on the bullpen today. I will be anxious to see how that ends up. I assume since the truck leaves for the North today we will hear a few other cuts soon.

at 3:50 PM OpenID r2theoman said...

I think this will do him more good than throwing from the pen. This way he gets more innings and oppurtuniteds to tweak his mechanics. I still have faith in Kid Texas.

at 3:56 PM Blogger reaganspad said...

This is a great move. I look forward to Homer working his bugs out.

AAA squad is going to be very good with a great outfield, 2 ML starting pitchers with something to prove and a lot of other talent. The bullpen there will be excellant also.

Go Bats!

at 3:57 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

Not surprised,Nuke needs to go see Crash Davis.His control is out-of-control.

"When in the show,speak kindly of me".
Crash Davis

at 3:58 PM Blogger Red Faced said...

I have to agree, it was the right move to make. I'll get in some games in Louisville and will give you guys reports on how Bailey progresses.

at 4:11 PM Blogger redsfan8557 said...

I also think the cuts will start today

at 4:12 PM Blogger Aaron said...

Why is Cueto #3? This last week has shown me Volquez is far more deserving of #3. Cueto may have better stuff (but not by much) but his control has been sketchy the past two starts and the fact he got blown out of a start should be a red flag of sorts. He would serve much better as #5 in the rotation wouldn't he?

at 4:16 PM Blogger Will T. said...

Hey John, I saw a rumor on SI.com that said the Reds and Phillies were discussing a trade of Stanton for Wes Helms. Is there any truth to this? It is kind of off of the subject, but it would free up a spot for Mercker so I am curious.

at 4:26 PM Blogger Jon said...

You beat me to it Aaron, I was just thinking the same thing. Why Cueto? He's younger, less experienced, and has worse numbers. People gush about his ability, but they do about Volquez too. Why not Volquez every 5 days instead of every so often?

at 4:26 PM Blogger John Fay said...

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at 4:28 PM Blogger Marc in Kentucky said...


Maybe. But, look at like this: Do you remember the rotation breaking ST last year? Doesn't this one give you hope? Me too.

at 4:28 PM Blogger Phillip said...

We all knew that this was going to happen. What about all the other roster moves? Anything else going to happen today?

at 4:41 PM Blogger hey hey redlegs said...

please get rid of stanton, he's been garbage since he got here!

at 4:42 PM Blogger JackBlueAsh said...

one of the blogger favorites hits the dust.. I dont think he comes back with the Reds.

His "mechanics" are not the problem

I see Homer being a long reliever

at 4:43 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Cueto is No. 3 because that's how they line up right now.

The Helms-Stanton thing was reported in Phillips Daily News. The Phillies need pitching. Helms and Stanton make similar money. Helms could get at-bats as a right-handed first baseman.

at 4:49 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

Stanton for the phillies Bat boy is great deal,anything would be great.

Unload this guy,PLEASEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!

at 4:55 PM Blogger Aaron said...

John with all due respect there is certainly time to line it up differently if Dusty wishes to do so.

at 4:57 PM Blogger Brad WV said...

John, any word on when to expect more cuts?

at 4:59 PM Blogger Phillip said...

Saltilamachia (Spelling?) got sent to Triple A for Texas any way we can get him in a trade so we can have a real catcher?

at 5:00 PM Blogger Aaron said...

I like Helms and we do need a right handed power hitter to play some 1B. We have better options than Stanton in the bullpen. This trade sounds terrific. What's the hold up? Are they talking right now? If they do make this deal they will have to decide if Votto is gonna start over Hatte or not. If not, maybe he goes down to triple A. If he does Hatte becomes a pinch hitter and we can't carry another utility guy like green, Phillips, or Cabrera. But do we need another utility guy? We got Castro, Kepp, and Freel. If we do carry Votto even he can play LF on occasion. I am not sure we need any of those fringe bench players. green already said he would be happy to play in Louisville because he lives in Lexington, so we could always call him up later.

at 5:09 PM Blogger Joe said...

Homer is better off starting in AAA this year and developing at taht level a bit more. He and Belisle in Louisville, the Bats will have a good 1-2 until they are needed in Cincinnati. If the Stanton for Helms deal is for real, it would not break my heart, but how would that effect Votto?

at 5:16 PM Blogger ankurv5 said...

I'm in favor of a Helms-for-Stanton swap because not only does it allow Mercker AND Bray to make the team, but because Helms would make the bench VERY strong. I am definitely liking how this team is coming together.

at 5:20 PM Blogger Branden said...

Helms for stanton??? ill take that anyday! we could use another right handed hitter

at 5:30 PM Blogger BATSFAN said...

O no Bailey is coming here, you all can have him. Or go down to the lookouts, sorry i just think he has a bad attitude towards fans. I met him several times.

at 5:39 PM Blogger docproc said...

Wow, I made a pitch on CTR's site to consider flipping Cueto and Volquez in the rotation before reading similar comments on this site. Guess I'm not alone in wondering about this!

at 5:48 PM Blogger RyanRico said...

Crimany, I hope the Stanton for Helms deal is merely rumor...and not ACTUALLY being considered. I can't take many more going-nowhere journeymen on this team...Affeldt, Fogg, Hairston, Helms?

Is this REALLY the stuff championship ballclubs are made of? I don't believe it is...Votto, Bruce, Phillips, Cueto. That's the stuff...

at 5:58 PM Blogger Ol' Timey Redsfan said...

I agree that Bailey needs more seasoning. A trade would settle things a little as far as the left handed end of things go, but there is still a decision to be made on the right handed side.

at 7:09 PM Blogger Joe said...

I am in total agreement of moving Stanton if possible. And, it will probably be easier to move Helms than Stanton as the year progresses. Do it and do it asap!

at 8:44 PM Blogger Greg said...

Bailey should pitching over Fogg.

Fogg is our insurance plan for the rookies not the other way around. Bailey had 4 wins in 9 games as a rookie. He could just as easily have 12 wins in 27 appearances this year. Bailey could benefit more than Fogg and put up similar numbers.

Stupid stupid stupid.

at 11:30 PM Blogger R said...

Helms is terrible. His stats are available on the web for free, by the way.

Rather have Stanton than a right handed hitter who can't hit. The guy has 1 good year out of 7 or 8, and that was in half of a season.

at 9:35 AM Blogger alicia said...

WHen are the starting pitchers going to be announced? I really want Cueto on my fantasy team but he is not available until the starting rotation is announced . . .

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