Rangers Pursuing Andrew Bailey

The Rangers signed Joe Nathan last week, but they're still exploring ways of adding relief help, since they aim to enter the 2012 season with the strongest bullpen possible. They're one of the teams trying to trade for A's closer Andrew Bailey, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. ESPN.com's Buster Olney notes that the Red Sox are also pursuing Bailey (Twitter link).

The 27-year-old right-hander posted a 3.24 ERA with 8.9 K/9 and 2.6 BB/9 in 41 2/3 innings in 2011 after recovering a forearm strain that sidelined him early in the season. MLBTR projects a $3.5MM salary for Bailey in 2012. One of Rosenthal's sources promised that the Rangers will add another reliever to join Nathan, Mike Adams and Koji Uehara at the back end of the bullpen. The Red Sox, who lost Jonathan Papelbon to the Phillies, also have interest in adding to the back end of their bullpen this offseason.

The Blue Jays, Mariners and Reds are also interested in Bailey, who appears to be available. The Rangers had interest in him leading up to last summer's trade deadline. 


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78 Comments on "Rangers Pursuing Andrew Bailey"


3 years 7 months ago

If the Rangers wanted to get hosed in a deal, sure they would do that. Why did you put Perez as just a B+ prospect?

JunKim
3 years 7 months ago

John Sickels : 2) Martin Perez, LHP, Grade B+: I think he’s been pushed too quickly, but all the talent to be a number two or three starter is still there. 

Martin Perez at AAA : 6.43ERA K/9:6.80 BB/9:3.67

The_BiRDS
3 years 7 months ago

You hope we re-sign the best player in the game? Yeah.. me too

3 years 7 months ago

Best player in the game would imply that Pujols is a 5-tool player…which he is not.

The_BiRDS
3 years 7 months ago

I would love to hear who you think is a better player than Pujols…   

3 years 7 months ago

Factoring defense in…Matt Kemp, Curtis Granderson, Josh Hamilton, Ryan Braun, Jose Bautista and if he can replicate last season, Jacoby Ellsbury.

3 years 7 months ago

lol

Tko11
3 years 7 months ago

Sooo you are basically saying that Granderson > Pujols? Because in 11 seasons Pujols has never played less than 143 games, never had less than 32 homers, 99 rbis and is a career .328 hitter. Granderson is a career .267 hitter who strikes out a lot and has had one really good year so far in 8 seasons of playing. Pujols has put up insane numbers ever since he entered the majors. 

3 years 7 months ago

I’m talking currently…so unless Pujols’ stats deviate back up (doubtful) then yea. We’re not going off of what he did the past decade. The arguement was best player in baseball right now.

leachim2
3 years 7 months ago

People seem to forget that Pujols was injured for a month last year. If not he would have put the same numbers up as the last 10 years.

Tko11
3 years 7 months ago

Its doubtful that his stats get better? I guess when you set the standard so high, you can only go down…He is the best player right now, you cant just take stats from one year and claim someone is the best. Sample size…its like taking Ervin Santana’s no hitter last season and claiming hes the best pitcher in baseball based on that one game. In 2006 Chris Shelton had 9 homeruns in 13 games for the Tigers, was he the best player in baseball? 

3 years 7 months ago

You’re living in the moment. You don’t just claim someone to be the best of the best in a few break out seasons. Pujols has established himself as the best overtime, and I don’t think you need me to post his WAR season by season….

The_BiRDS
3 years 7 months ago

No, the argument was who is the best player “in the game”.. not in the last season.. you obviously know nothing about the game and it seems as if you jumped on the Rangers bandwagon this year.. go back to you beloved cowboys my friend.. u are in the wrong forum

Tko11
3 years 7 months ago

Sooo you are basically saying that Granderson > Pujols? Because in 11 seasons Pujols has never played less than 143 games, never had less than 32 homers, 99 rbis and is a career .328 hitter. Granderson is a career .267 hitter who strikes out a lot and has had one really good year so far in 8 seasons of playing. Pujols has put up insane numbers ever since he entered the majors. 

Darmintak
3 years 7 months ago

Like a shot.

slider32
3 years 7 months ago

Moreland is injured.

3 years 7 months ago

The Rangers don’t want JJ. If they did, a deal probably would have been made by now. JJ wouldn’t work in our park.
I do like Venters though, but it would take more than Venters and a B prospect to talk about Cruz. Mike Olt is our back-up in case we trade Mitch Moreland.
I like where you’re going with it though.

bravesdude
3 years 7 months ago

Venters , Matt Diaz , and Randall Delgado for Nelson Cruz . Or Venters , Martin Prado , prospect for Cruz , Olt .

FamousGrouse
3 years 7 months ago

No perfect matches but some combination of Cole McCurry, Chorye Spoone and Thomas Winegardner might work.

lefty177
3 years 7 months ago

i could honestly see the Red Sox trading for Bailey, who would it take to get him though?

3 years 7 months ago

Josh Beckett and a treadmill

3 years 7 months ago

A package built around Xander Bogaerts.

3 years 7 months ago

..

grownice
3 years 7 months ago

Kentucky fried chi…. ahh forget it.

3 years 7 months ago

If they left Adams in instead of automatically going with Feliz, they’d probably be champs. 

cubs223425
3 years 7 months ago

If Nelson Cruz wasn’t a lazy bum on that fly ball in the 9th and Darren Oliver hadn’t pitched and they hadn’t wasted Hamilton’s HR, and so on.

Nelson Cruz is the first line of blame for me, but EVERYONE failed in the end.

Darmintak
3 years 7 months ago

Sorry, I don’t think I stated what I meant well.

I mean that the Giants managed to win games they were losing because their deficit never increased after the bullpen came in.

The Rangers could use that, especially since their bullpen exploded from time to time. They have great hitters, and having a bullpen that they could rely upon to not give up more runs every inning would keep them in games longer.

Sorry, I didn’t make it clear what I was trying to say.

3 years 7 months ago

Forget Bailey. I’ll trade you Mat Latos for Profar, Perez, and Olt. WIN NOW BAYBEE!!! Or do you like how it feels falling 1 out short…twice….

3 years 7 months ago

If by Mat Latos you mean Clayton Kershaw…then ok.

3 years 7 months ago

Olt is blocked, Perez had a 6.43 ERA and becomes expendable if you have Latos.  Profar is the real trade target. It’s fair, Latos has 5 years until he hits arbitration. 

3 years 7 months ago

You can’t go off of Perez’s ERA in a 10 game stint in AAA. Everyone knows he’s better than that. Mat Latos isn’t proven enough to warrant that kind of return.

harmony55
3 years 7 months ago

Mat Latos, who has two years and 79 days of MLB service, should be arbitration-eligible after next season and a free agent after the 2015 season.

Notin J. Notin
3 years 7 months ago

Latos is eligible for arbitration afer the 2012 season.  He has 4 years left until he reaches free agency…

Darmintak
3 years 7 months ago

Tim doesn’t want to get locked up on long term deals currently; he has frequently stated opposition to anything more than a two year deal. I don’t think you can blame the Giants for not trying.

However, I think you’re right. Lincecum at least will probably sign elsewhere later in his career, but I’m really hoping Cain stays with the Gmen. I like Lincecum, but he’s got star appeal that costs more. Cain doesn’t have that flair, but he’s a fantastic starter.

johnsilver
3 years 7 months ago

Agree with you there on Cain.

If he was with a so called “high profile” team and grabbing the press on such, more people would be aware of how good he really is.

Darmintak
3 years 7 months ago

This is true. However, I’m more than content to let him cruise along under the radar, as it makes it more likely he’ll stick with the Giants. :)

green_and_gold
3 years 7 months ago

There is no way that Beane trades Gio to a division rival.  Not going to happen

Pete
3 years 7 months ago

I think he’d make an exception with that deal.

3 years 7 months ago

Have you seen the Rangers lineup? Projected 2012 Lineup: Kinsler(4), Andrus(6), Hamilton(7), Beltre(5), Young(DH), Napoli(2), Cruz(9), Moreland(3), Leon’ys Martin(8). Trust me, with that lineup there won’t be many 1-0 games.

Onetimeaccount
3 years 7 months ago

I don’t think you’re looking at the full picture

Onetimeaccount
3 years 7 months ago

I don’t think you’re looking at the full picture

Onetimeaccount
3 years 7 months ago

I don’t think you’re looking at the full picture

3 years 7 months ago

Have you seen the Rangers lineup? Projected 2012 Lineup: Kinsler(4), Andrus(6), Hamilton(7), Beltre(5), Young(DH), Napoli(2), Cruz(9), Moreland(3), Leon’ys Martin(8). Trust me, with that lineup there won’t be many 1-0 games.

3 years 7 months ago

The Bullpen didn’t really hold the Rangers. Carpenter and Garcia(Game 2) did.

3 years 7 months ago

The Bullpen didn’t really hold the Rangers. Carpenter and Garcia(Game 2) did.

3 years 7 months ago

Did you watch Koji is Sept, Oct? Adams is a shut down 8th inning guy but he did blow 3 saves for the Rangers while only converting one when given the chance last year. Nathan is coming off a good second half but is also getting up there in age. Baily is under control through I believe 2015, he’s young, and is familiar with the AL West.

Tko11
3 years 7 months ago

The Giants might have something to say about that…

3 years 7 months ago

They shouldn’t have something to say about that. The whole situation is a joke. Instead of being 10 miles away like they are now, they would be 40 miles from AT&T. Sad state of affairs for a storied franchise.

Tko11
3 years 7 months ago

The Giants might have something to say about that…

3 years 7 months ago

Martin Perez is what the A’s were asking at last years trade deadline. Seems like if they made that trade, Bailey saves game 6 and the Rangers have a ring, no? 

TXHC
3 years 7 months ago

And that’s why Bailey is still in Oakland.