Reds investigating multiyear deals for Latos, Bailey

Mark Sheldon reports that Cincinnati is looking to preserve even more of the team's core over the next several years. Like Yossarian mentioned last night, I am not sure how comfortable I am with extending Homer Bailey. Mat Latos is an above-average starter with good peripherals and a successful track record. On the other hand, Bailey is a marginal or average starter with one good season and several mediocre ones. If the Reds were to re-sign Bailey this offseason, then they are betting that his productive 2012 season is his new talent level rather than a fluke. Given that he has missed considerable playing time to injury in some of his other seasons, I would not want to take that bet right now.

Sheldon: Reds sign two righties and outfielder to Minors deals

The Reds added minor league depth yesterday with the acquisitions of pitcher Jeff Marquez and Kevin Whelan as well as outfielder Derrick Robinson. All of these guys are in their mid-to-late twenties with long minor league careers. They should bolster the Bats a bit, but I do not think they will have any impact at the big league level.