Homer has had some great moments as a Red, like his two no hitters, or 6 total complete games. But it seemed like ever since he got his $105,000,000 contract, he hasn’t really done anything. His best year of the contract came in 2014 when he went 9-5 with a 3.71 ERA. He then basically missed all of 2015 and 2016, making only 8 starts combined between the two years. Homer returned in 2017 and had his good days and his bad days, mostly bad, finishing with a 6.43 ERA. And his 2018 has been atrocious, as he currently has a 1-7 record with a 6.68 ERA.
There has been talk of Homer possibly moving to the bullpen after the return of Anthony DeSclafani, but I don’t see how that will really benefit him or the Reds. I believe it’s time for both sides to move on from each other, and Homer should possibly be DFA’d or traded, if anyone would take him. If the Reds are able to trade Homer, I’d imagine that they would only be able to receive a platoon player or some low end prospects, and part of the deal would also probably require the Reds to eat Homer’s contract and pay that money that he’s owned ($21million in 2018, $23million in 2019, and a $5million buyout in 2020).
Or the Reds could always keep Homer and send Sal Romano to Louisville or the bullpen, which I wouldn’t suggest since that takes away from important developmental innings from Sal. No matter what the Reds due with Homer this season, it really doesn’t matter. This season is a lost cause, but let’s just work on improving our team for the future.
But for now, let’s take a trip down memory lane and check out Homer’s no hitters.