Reds, Bailey agree to six-year, $105M contract


Homer Bailey is reportedly set to be a Red for a long time. (USATSI)
Homer Bailey is reportedly set to be a Red for a very long time. (USATSI)


The Reds and right-hander Homer Bailey have agreed to a six-year contract extension worth a assured $105 million,'s Jon Heyman has confirmed.'s Mark Sheldon originally reported that the deal was accomplished, and Sheldon adds that the deal additionally features a mutual $25-million choice/$5-million buyout for a seventh yr. Earlier on Wednesday, Heyman reported that either side have been working toward just such a deal.



In essence, the extension would purchase out the final yr of Bailey's arbitration eligibility and the first five years of his free company, at a minimum. If the option is excercised then Bailey, at present 27, would not be a free agent till age 34.

Bailey owns two career no-hitters and final season pitched to a 3.forty nine PERIOD (110 ERA+) with a three.69 Okay/BB ratio in 209 innings of labor. These numbers are fairly much like the ones he put up in 2012, when he led the NL in begins. For his profession, Bailey owns an PERIOD+ of 96 throughout parts of seven major-league seasons.

The Reds initially drafted Bailey with the seventh-total choose in 2004.

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Sabres, Hodgson sidestep the bridge contract, sign six-year extension

No strangers to using unique approaches in asserting their business (Steve Ott’s third-jersey reveal, the novelty of which was overshadowed by the ugliness of the sweater comes to mind), the Buffalo Sabres signed Cody Hodgson to a six-12 months contract extension Wednesday, then took to Vine for Hodgson to make the announcement:

The term, which wasn’t included within the video because they solely had six seconds, trickled out later: $25.5 million over the subsequent six years. It’s a cap hit of $four.25 million per season.

We await a Vine from Derek Stepan of the Rangers’ RFA rubbing his hands collectively in delight. Either that or one from Nazem Kadri, smacking his brow over and over as he realizes he ought to have heeded the recommendation of Wilson Phillips and held out for yet another day.

Kadri, you see, took the bridge contract — the brief-term, “prove it” deal between contract 1 and contract 3 that is been all the fad this summer season. Hodgson, however, did not.

Good for Hodgson, though one wonders if the Sabres shouldn’t have been more insistent on it. In any case, while Hodgson gave them 34 factors in 48 video games in his first full season in Buffalo, the lockout-shortened year isn’t actually a lot of a full season. Furthermore, while he produced quite a bit, his defensive struggles had been so pronounced that Ron Rolston dropped him to the fourth line late within the season, much like Alain Vigneault typically did with Hodgson in Vancouver.

That’s some huge cash to commit to a man that still hasn’t proven he can play in each ends. A shorter-time period contract would have given the Sabres more time to look at the player — like, say, eighty games, no less than. As an alternative, they gave Hodgson massive-time time period, and now they’re just going to must hope that was wise.

If it wasn’t, the Sabres are going to hate that they just created a video of Hodgson asserting his six-yr extension on a unending loop.


Bengals sign DE Carlos Dunlap to six-year extension

Carlos Dunlap received a contract extension on Monday (USA Today Sports Images)

The Cincinnati Bengals were unable to reach a multi-year extension with franchised defensive end Michael Johnson on Monday, but the team was able to lock up defensive end Carlos Dunlap for the next six seasons, Mike Florio of reports.

Dunlap was scheduled to earn $630,000 in base salary in 2013, the fourth and final season of a four-year, $3.72 million rookie contract that included $1.7798 million in guaranteed money. According to Florio, Dunlap’s extension has a base value of $40 million and will pay out $20 million over the next two seasons.

The Bengals, who also signed first-round tight end Tyler Eifert on Monday, were about $21 million under their 2013 adjusted cap number of $133.927 million, so they had plenty of room to keep Johnson at his $11.175 million cap charge and begin the process of locking up key Bengals. The next player on the team’s to-do list figures to be defensive tackle Geno Atkins, a 2010 fourth-round pick who has 20 sacks over the last two seasons, both of which have resulted in Pro Bowl and All-Pro selections. Atkins will be an unrestricted free agent in 2014.

Dunlap, 24, was a second-round pick out of Florida in 2010 who has started two of his 38 regular-season games. The 6-foot-6, 280-pound Dunlap has emerged as a pass-rush specialist, however, totaling 20 sacks while playing on just 41.1 percent of the Bengals’ snaps over the last three seasons. With a new extension in his pocket, Dunlap’s playing time and starting responsibilities will surely increase.

Dunlap established career-highs in 2012 with 14 games played, a 54.96 percent playing time percentage and 40 tackles, while adding six sacks, four forced fumbles and picked up his first career interception, which he returned 14 yards for a touchdown.