Three times this offseason — from three different sources — I heard that Reds right-hander Homer Bailey wanted out of Cincinnati.

On Friday, I spoke with Bailey and asked if it was true that he would not sign a contract extension with the Reds.

Bailey, who is eligible for free agency at the end of the 2014 season, made it quite clear that he was willing to stay with the club long term.

“To say that I 'want out of Cincinnati' is not true,” said Bailey, who is from La Grange, Texas. “I have nothing but good things to say about ownership and management, and I hold a great relationship with the coaching staff.

“If I am in the organization's future, my priorities are that things make sense for me on the business end, that we are a team that continues to be a highly competitive team in the league and a team that plays the game the right way.”

Reds general manager Walt Jocketty also dismissed the notion that Bailey is looking to leave Cincinnati, citing the pitcher's affinity for new Reds manager — and former pitching coach — Bryan Price.

“He has quietly told a couple of people in our organization that he’s very happy here, that he respects the people in the organization and what they’ve done for him in his career. And I know he and Bryan have a great relationship,” Jocketty said.