The Dodgers have a surplus of outfielders. The Reds need an outfielder. There has to be a match here, no?

Maybe, but probably not one you're thinking of.

While it'd be easy to try to mock up trade scenarios involving Andre Ethier, the Reds aren't really looking to add significant payroll at the moment. In fact, they're potentially looking to trade Homer Bailey to free up payroll, and to get something for the pending free agent.

The Reds acknowledge it'd be hard to sign Bailey to a long-term deal, and he's due a raise from the $5.35 million he made in 2013 to somewhere in the neighborhood of $9-plus million. With Brandon Phillips locked up for $50 million over the next four years, the savings the Reds desire are going to have to come somewhere.

Bailey, 27, had a slow start to his career, posting a 4.89 ERA in his first 436 innings. The former No. 7 overall pick in the 2004 MLB Draft looked like a bust. However, a solid 2012 campaign followed by an even better 2013 campaign is setting him up to be one of the better right-handed pitchers just entering his prime.