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40 Guys in 30 Days: Andrew Bailey

It’s really tough to think of much to say about Andrew Bailey right now. So tough, in fact, that I accidentally skipped him and wrote tomorrow’s post right after yesterday’s when I was accumulating a backlog for these. Whoops.

Andrew Bailey
2012 stats: 5.2 IP, 5 K, 2 BB, 0 HR
1.59 ERA, 2.40 FIP, 4.74 xFIP, 0.2 fWAR, 0.2 bWAR
2013 contract status: Arbitration (second time; $3.9 million in 2012)

Bailey, as you probably know, was acquired with Ryan Sweeney in the deal that sent Josh Reddick to Oakland. I liked the deal at the time, but it obviously hasn’t worked out for the Red Sox; Reddick’s .825 OPS in Oakland is 150 points higher than what Sweeney put up this year, and both of the players the Red Sox got from the A’s have been injured. While Sweeney’s injuries (a concussion suffered on an amazing catch in center field and then a season-ending broken finger he suffered punching a door) were suffered during the season, Bailey’s was in the last week of spring training; a collision at first base resulted in surgery that meant that Bailey could only sit and watch as the Sox sputtered and ultimately collapsed in what has been a disastrous 2012 season.

Thankfully, Bailey has recovered, and early indications are that he’s just as good as he was before the injury that basically cost him his season. He’ll be the Red Sox’ closer next year, and in all likelihood won’t get that much of a raise in arbitration. I could even see the Sox trying to sign him to a contract extension, maybe one that would cover his remaining two arbitration years along with the first year of free agency.

Hopefully next year, with Bailey and tomorrow’s subject anchoring the back of the bullpen, the Red Sox will be better at locking down close games than they were with Alfredo Aceves and the revolving door of crap this year. Of course, tomorrow’s subject is probably irreparably broken, so…yeah. Speaking of which:

Next time: A good short post that gets stretched out and is terrible, condensed back into awesome, and then stretched out again and totally ruined.

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