Andrew Bailey has had a look at one side of the historic Red Sox – Yankees rivalry. Now, he’ll have a chance to live out the other, as well.
According to a report from Buster Olney of ESPN, the right-hander has agreed to an incentive-laden minor-league deal with New York.
The 29-year old Bailey was acquired from Oakland in a 2011 trade, but injuries kept him from being a major contributor during his time with the Red Sox. In less than 50 innings of work, the right-hander posted a 4.91 earned run average, while seeing both his K/9 (10.8) and B/9 (4.1) rise from his time with the Athletics.
His rookie year in Oakland was masterful, when he won the AL Rookie of the Year award in 2009, pitching to the tune of a 1.84 ERA in 83 1/3 innings of work. While a member of the A’s, Bailey notched 75 saves. He added another 14 as a member of the Red Sox.
In five big league seasons, Bailey boasts a 2.62 earned run average, and will join the likes of David Robertson, Matt Thornton, Shawn Kelley and Adam Warren – a group that has many concerned in terms of both depth and experience heading into 2014, the team’s first without future Hall of Fame closer Mariano Rivera at the back end of the bullpen.