Early items: Bailey, Cueto
Good Wednesday morning from Arizona where the wake-up temperature was 37!
Here are some quick items from the clubhouse:
*Homer Bailey is not worrying about his contract situation as the final arbitration player unresolved. Mat Latos was cleared from the slate when he signed a two-year, $11.5 million contract on Tuesday.
“It’s kind of a slow process. We’ll see how it goes and go from there,” Bailey said of his situation. “I think both sides really don’t want to go to hearing — on any case, not just mine. It’s good they reached an agreement with Mat. I know he was looking forward to it. I’m sure the organization is glad they got that done.”
Bailey’s hearing is scheduled for Monday.
When numbers were exchanged, Bailey filed at $5.8 million, while the club offered $4.75 million – a difference of $1,050,000. He avoided arbitration last winter by signing a one-year, $2.5 million contract.
*Asked about the idea of Johnny Cueto pitching in the World Baseball Classic, manager Dusty Baker wasn’t enthusiastic.
“Not especially,” Baker said. “I can understand the pressures that come from pitching and being from Latin America. There is more national pride than anybody I’ve almost seen.”
Cueto said Tuesday that he would like to pitch in the Classic. His strained oblique injury from the playoffs is not a factor in the decision making.
“You see how big the Caribbean Series for bragging rights in Latin America, where they think it could be where the best overall baseball is played,” Baker said. “I’ve played in Mexico, Venezuela and Puerto Rico so I know the pressures that come from being there. All I know is the last time they played [in 2009] was the year Volquez and Cueto both came up hurt.”
Cueto went on the disabled list with an inflammed right shoulder in August of that season. Volquez hurt his elbow and would need Tommy John surgery.