Yankees Agree To Terms With Andrew Bailey

SUNDAY: The 2015 option is a team option, tweets Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com.

SATURDAY, 11:18pm: Bailey will earn a prorated base salary of $1.975MM if he works his way up to the Major League club, Olney reports. All told, the Major League side of the deal is valued at $2.5MM, and includes a 2015 option and buyout.

8:57pm: The Yankees have agreed to an incentive-laden minor league deal with Andrew Bailey, ESPN's Buster Olney reports. MLBTR's Tim Dierkes was the first to report that the sides were close to a deal (via Twitter). 

Bailey, 29, had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder in July, and was not tendered a contract by the Red Sox this offseason. Nevertheless, more than 15 teams had called to check in with the reliever by early December, according to an MLBTR report. If the timetable we reported at that time holds, Bailey will be ready to suit up in pinstripes by mid-May.

A former All-Star closer with the Athletics, Bailey has struggled with injuries since his rookie season, and managed just 44 innings for Boston after he was acquired in a winter 2011 trade. However, he could provide a midseason boost to the Yankees, as his career 2.64 ERA attests to. The club's bullpen is in a state of flux following the retirement of Mariano Rivera, and appears to have few certain options behind closer David Robertson. January's sigining of lefty Matt Thornton is the team's lone major bullpen acquisition in an offseason in which Boone Logan and Joba Chamberlain have been lost to free agency.


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67 Comments on "Yankees Agree To Terms With Andrew Bailey"


Drew Brees
1 year 6 months ago

Solid move. Even if he is unable to contribute much this year, Yankees will control him as an arbitration eligible player in 2015.

Muhamed Mashkulli
1 year 6 months ago

Any idea when we will be seeing him pitch, or will he be ready by opening day (whitch i doubt)?

Drew Brees
1 year 6 months ago

MLBTR is saying mid-May, but I think that is a little bit of a stretch. I’m thinking he might be ready sometime around the All Star break.

Septhinox
1 year 6 months ago

Good deal for the Yankees.

Michael
1 year 6 months ago

And they didn’t have to give up a solid,gold-glove winning outfielder to get him (sorry, Ben).

Mattypants
1 year 6 months ago

Given that he will soon be wearing a 2013 WS ring, I sincerely doubt that Josh Reddick haunts his dreams.

PittsburghPirates0022
1 year 6 months ago

Nice deal. Solid pitcher when healthy. no-risk deal for Yankees.

1 year 6 months ago

A low-risk, high-reward signing for the Yankees. Can’t go wrong with this deal.

Jim McGrath
1 year 6 months ago

Bailey , I think, was a metropolitan NY/ NJ/ CT area kid. Hopefully he can recover and do well except against the Red Sox. He seemed to be a good teammate.

LazerTown
1 year 6 months ago

He is from a NJ side Philly Suburb.

MetsMagic
1 year 6 months ago

Went to Wagner in SI though, probably a Yankee fan growing up. I could see them getting 30 dominant innings out of him.

NickEdge
1 year 6 months ago

He grew up in sotuh jersey, and I’m 90% sure he was a Phillies fan.

Yettyskill
1 year 6 months ago

Ya, he grew up a Phillie fan

JacobyWanKenobi
1 year 6 months ago

At least the potential of him coming back strong helps to reduce the anxiety of having Kelley in the 8th all year.

Riaaaaaa
1 year 6 months ago

Kelley was actually good for the most part but around August/September he completely ran out of gas.

JacobyWanKenobi
1 year 6 months ago

I know, at times he could strike out batters at will, but I couldn’t see him going the entire seasons as the set-up man.

Riaaaaaa
1 year 6 months ago

So now they have Robertson, Bailey, Kelley, Claiborne, Daley, Thornton, Cabral, and depending on who doesn’t get the 5th starter job they could have Warren, Phelps, and Nuno in the mix for the bullpen as well. I’m sure they’ll figure something out.

johnsilver
1 year 6 months ago

Bailey will be a good help, but think penciling him into the mix by May is not in the cards.

They probably signed him with an eye on the AS break-August. A good period and one teams the last few seasons have been looking at on relievers. Wilson being another. Hanrahan.

Bailey probably will begin in the minors and they can still 60 day DL him if required and he has issues. The guy really is good when healthy.

Michael Lucas Jr.
1 year 6 months ago

I agree when healthy but that’s the problem. There always seems to be some kind of issue with him. He will come back & tease you with a couple rock star outings & then suddenly break a finger. He really is the ultimate tease. Good signing for Yanks for the possibility but to expect anything at all out of him is tough.

GriffeyandSizemore
1 year 6 months ago

Betances has a strong shot at making the pen with his power stuff. Banuelos is an interesting option for a power lefty if he looks ready in spring.

pft2
1 year 6 months ago

Don’t seeing him ready by mid May. He might start throwing bullpens but labrum surgery usually takes 12-18 months before you can pitch in MLB games.

Should help them next year as Robertson is a FA

livestrong77nyyankz
1 year 6 months ago

Eh, torn labrums are not joke so I doubt he contributes much this season, however, on the off chance that he does then this deal is pretty good.

RC
1 year 6 months ago

Smart deal. could be a really good deal if he comes back healthy and performs. if he doesn’t, not a big deal anyway.

AZDbacksfan1
1 year 6 months ago

What a fantastic deal for the Yanks. If all goes well he may become the closer they’ve been looking for.

theo
1 year 6 months ago

They have the closer already

Redsoxn8tion
1 year 6 months ago

He didn’t work out as a closer for the Sox 2 years ago so he’d better bring something special if he wants to earn that role.

Ruben_Tomorrow
1 year 6 months ago

Whenever I see Andrew Bailey, all I can think of is Beane selling him at the right moment.

Eric Droegemeier
1 year 6 months ago

Josh Reddick for Bailey smh

Conquerbeard
1 year 6 months ago

It was worth the chance. I don’t regret the move at all. 2012 was a disaster for the Sox and if he had been there, maybe the Sox don’t grab a vital piece of their 2013 championship team, such as a Gomes or a Victorino.

Michael Lucas Jr.
1 year 6 months ago

Your right. Bailey was useless in Boston & is now gone. Though I love how they used his money on Mujica. Reddick was a monster who hit 30 homers in 2012. Last season however he was dreadful. Oakland still wins deal but let’s see what Reddick does this year. I think now that’s why Boston is turning to their younger guys in the bullpen like Wilson, Workman & Britton because they see the inconsistency from year to year with bullpens. They’ve been screwed with Bailey, Gagne & Jenks to name a few. Keep the Workmans of the world in the bullpen.

zeles
1 year 6 months ago

There was a point last season where opposing teams were hitting home runs off him every appearance for something like 7 games in a row or so. Painful to watch him pitch.

EarlyMorningBoxscore
1 year 6 months ago

7 games in a row? He gave up 7 homers all year in 30 games, and they were not consecutive. He wasn’t by any means great, but before getting hurt he was good. Definitely not painful to watch.

zeles
1 year 6 months ago

I exaggerated quite a bite but I looked over the stats again and in June he gave up 5 home runs in 5 innings pitched making it 6/10 games that he gave up a home run. Bailey was then out for the season 2 weeks later.

So although he showed flashes of stuff early on in the season, this is the lasting image a lot of us Sox fans have of him.

Eric Droegemeier
1 year 6 months ago

Wow Yankees love terrible former red Sox relievers

Riaaaaaa
1 year 6 months ago

Thornton won’t be terrible as a LOOGY and I don’t mind Bailey on a minor league deal

SoxFan4Ever
1 year 6 months ago

Thornton was a bad pitcher on the Sox. So was Bailey. If they turn things around on the Yankees, good for the Yankees. But it’s not worth investing real money is those guys.

MilkMeMore
1 year 6 months ago

Not even accurate ?

Nick Costanza
1 year 6 months ago

Unless this is a reference to years ago (i.e. Alan Embree) I don’t see the point…Matt Thornton was on the Red Sox for about 45 minutes so he could only be called a “former Red Sox” by technicality.

Stratocaster
1 year 6 months ago

Aceves says hello!

Eric Droegemeier
1 year 6 months ago

At least it’s just a minor league deal

Michael Macaulay-Birks
1 year 6 months ago

No risk…nice flyer

DerekJeterDan
1 year 6 months ago

Excellent move by the New York Yankees. No risk, all reward.
A healthy Andrew Bailey really would work nicely with David Robertson.

Sportsbozo1
1 year 6 months ago

Just rename the Yankees to the NY Red Sox ! Bailey, Ellsbury, Thornton. They should sign Drew!

Jim McGrath
1 year 6 months ago

The more I think about it they could sign Drew and he might produce better power numbers than Ryan. Both Drew and Ryan are better SS’s “today” than Jeter and Jeter is a better 3 B than K. Johnson.
I’m happy for Bailey he was a good soldier while in Boston. It seemed the injury bug found him whenever he was ready to get back on the mound.
I thought the Logan to Morrison to Rivera worked. Thornton may help–he’s really a lefty specialist.

Michael Lucas Jr.
1 year 6 months ago

I always thought Drew made perfect sense for the Yankees as well but I can’t help but think they are looking forward to next off season at guys like Hardy, Ramirez & Cabrera. Who knows if the Cubs have enough of Castro as well. Plus Lowrie & if Arizona makes one of their many guys available. Boras probably wants 2 years for Drew knowing these facts.

pft2
1 year 6 months ago

Yankees have done well with former Red Sox. Sparky Lyle, Wade Boggs, Johnny Damon, Roger Clemens and now Ellsbury.

Not so well with Youkillis, and unlikely to get much out of Bailey. Red Sox meanwhile enjoyed 2 years of Aceves.

yankeeparrothead
1 year 6 months ago

You left out Ruth

pft2
1 year 6 months ago

Baileys value likely to be in 2015 with the option. I doubt he pitches an inning for the Yankees this year. Not sure where that May timeline is coming from, they were saying a minimum of 12 months when he was with the Red Sox.