Today, the Los Angeles Angels re-signed Andrew Bailey to a one-year deal worth $1 mil, per club announcement and Jeff Fisher of the Orange County Register (salary). Now, rumors have it that Bailey will receive a good amount of incentives if he is partaking as the team’s closer. To make room for the reliever, the Angels designated Shane Robinson for assignment.
Now, Bailey started last season of in Philadelphia, but that ended quickly after 32.1 innings of work, as he posted a high 6.40 ERA. Bailey has been on the road still trying to find his old form that he possessed when he was in Oakland as one of the better relivers in baseball, but injuries bugged him throughout his career.
However, after leaving Philly, he landed a deal with the Angels and pitched well down the stretch. He converted six saves in 12 appearances. He tallied up 11.1 innings of work in Los Angeles that resulted in a 2.38 ERA and eight strikeouts, while only walking two batters that helped improve his season total to 41 strikeouts and only 15 walks.
Finally, this is a low risk move by Billy Eppler that can turn into a high reward. Bailey is going to be looked upon the Angels to provide solid work from the bullpen, as last year the bullpen was one of the worst in all of baseball ranking 28th, according to fangraphs.com.
Note: Eppler and Bailey known each other from their times with the New York Yankees back in 2014.