Reds manager Bryan Price was asked the annual Opening Day starter question Saturday.

He dodged it a bit, but it sounds like he’d be happy with Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos or Homer Bailey.

“Have an idea what I want to do,” Price said. “I’d like to make sure that our guys are healthy. We know Mat’s been banged up. Johnny has been the man and continues to be. But we’ve got to make sure he’s healthy. Homer’s turned his corner. For me personally, I love Johnny at the top of our rotation. There are other guys I’d be really happy with as well. But I want to make sure they’re healthy.”

The fact that the Reds have young and talented options for the Opening Day starter is a big thing. The Reds have come a long way from days when they started Joey Hamilton, Jimmy Haynes, Cory Lidle and Paul Wilson on consecutive Opening Days.

Cueto, at 28, is the oldest member of the rotation. Latos is the only starter the Reds didn’t sign and develop in the minors. In addition to the aforementioned three, the Reds have Mike Leake and Tony Cingrani, talented with resumes of early success as well.

But now that the Reds have figured out how to develop starting pitchers, they are facing a new challenge: How do you keep them?

Much attention has been placed on whether the Reds can keep Bailey, i.e., sign him to a long-term contract. Bailey is arbitration-eligible for the third and final time. He will become a free agent if the Reds don’t sign him beyond this year.

“We’re still negotiating,” Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said.

But Bailey could command a salary north of $15 million a year for four or five years. Bailey is the first of the group to reach free agency. Cueto, Latos and Leake are eligible for free agency after 2015.