The Los Angeles Angels have agreed to re sign reliever Andrew Bailey to a one-year contract worth $1 million plus incentives. Bailey split the past season with the Philadelphia Phillies and the Angels after coming to both teams on minor league contracts.
Bailey, 32, is a former two time All-Star and 2009 AL Rookie of the year with the Oakland Athletics, who dealt with severe arm injuries after leaving Oakland for the Boston Red Sox after the 2011 season.
This past season Bailey struggled in Philadelphia after making the team out of spring training.Bailey went 3-1 with a 6.40 ERA before being designated for assignment. Bailey then landed in Los Angeles where he had far more success, going 0-0 with a 2.38 ERA in 12 games with the club. Bailey has also spent time with the New York Yankees.
Bailey could compete for the closer or setup role in a very uncertain bullpen in Los Angeles. The team struggled to find consistency from their top closer Huston Street, to failed experiments like Al Alburquerque. Bailey will look to cement a more permanent role with the team, who figures to continue shopping around for relief help.
The Angels pitching staff will likely experience a large amount of turnover, thanks to serious injuries sustained by their starters like Nick Tropeano and CJ Wilson among others. The Angels have already been one of the busiest teams in baseball, acquiring Cameron Maybin from the Detroit Tigers, and designating reliever Cory Rasmus and outfielder Shane Robinson for assignment. The Angels will have a large shopping list as they look to rebound from a down year.