by John Viril—
Right now, most analysts speculate the Royals should swing deals with the Tampa Bay Rays or Seattle Mariners to address their starting pitching. Others keep coming back to GM Dayton Moore’s familiar trading partners in Atlanta. I think the Royals should pursue Cincinnati Reds starter Homer Bailey.
Last season, former #7 overall draft pick Bailey achieved his long-awaited breakthrough season. The 26-year-old righthander made 33 starts, pitched 208.0 innings with a 3.68 ERA and solid peripherals (xFIP 3.97, 7.3 K/9, 2.3 BB/9 and a 44.9% groundball rate). Bailey is under team control for two more arbitration seasons before becoming eligible for free agency in 2015.
What I like about Bailey is he’s just coming into his prime; he will not turn 27 until May 3, 2013. His current performance is solid and I think he might have some no. 2 upside. Further, he’s a fly ball pitcher who has survived in Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark, one of the smallest bandboxes in the Natio...