The Yankees are reportedly on the verge of signing right-hander Andrew Bailey to a minor-league deal with a ton of incentives included.
The major-league side of Bailey’s deal with the Yankees is worth $2.5 million, and includes an option for 2-15, plus a buyout, says ESPN’s Buster Olney.
Bailey, 29, had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder in July, and the hope is that he’ll be ready to take the mound for the Yankees in mid-May.
Bailey, when healthy, is one of the more underrated relievers in the league. He was great a couple of years ago with the Oakland Athletics before being traded to Boston.
Bailey saw limited time with the Red Sox in his two years on the team because of injuries. The labrum tear knocked him out in 2013 after just 28.2 innings. In two totals years in Boston, his ERA is 4.91 in just over 45 innings.
The first three years of his major league career, all with the Athletics, were much better. His ERA was 2.07 in the three years combined, and he struck out 174 batters in 174 innings, while walking 69. His strikeouts per nine was 9.4 and his walks per nine was 2.8. He was even named AL Rookie of the Year in 2009 after posting a 1.84 ERA in 68 appearances.
David Robertson is expected to be the closer this season, and Shawn Kelley is the early favorite heading ins spring training to be the 8th inning guy in front of Robertson. If Bailey is able to come back healthy mid-season, he could slide into the 8th inning role, and also serve as insurance for Robertson.
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