Andrew Bailey Did Not Goof Around When It Came To Picking LAA

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Updated: February 26, 2017

While it may sound unbelievable at first, Angels’ relief pitcher Andrew Bailey did not initially realize he was a free agent last fall. At the tail end of the 2016 season, he barely made it past that magical 6 year mark that allows a player an added dose of freedom.

Not too long after he officially became a free agent, he did not bother to take his sweet time. Rather, he and the ball club came to terms on a one-year contract worth a cool $1 million a mere 6 days after the free agency declaration. What is every bit as encouraging is that Bailey never thought about the idea of playing elsewhere in 2017. Pedro Moura of The Los Angeles Times sheds more light on this along with Andrew’s desire to simply get to work as soon as he could.

“‘I feel like, with where I’m at in my career and what I’ve been through,’ [Bailey] said, ‘signing early and getting something done and focusing on getting ready for this year was more important to me than chasing something else.’”

As time progresses it will be interesting to see how he can perform. He is battling with Huston Street and Cam Bedrosian to be the leader in the bullpen. There is definitely a subtle chance this could be a reality given that he held his own later in the year after Street and Bedrosian were placed on the DL.

There was some concern relative to the overall velocity of his fastball, but he firmly believes he can still strike out batters without a blazing, fiery fastball. He has slowly ascertained that velocity is not everything.

“‘I was looking at the numbers, and I’m about a tick down from where I was in 2009 to 2012,’ he said. ‘But, I think, 92 or 93 gets the job done with good location, and feeling good every day. I think I’m fine where I’m at.’”

No matter what the velocity ends up being in terms of his pitching abilities, it is awesome that Bailey was quick with respect to being a Halo in 2017. The way he pitched for the team last year (even if it is a fairly small sample size) was just enough to keep things in somewhat decent order when the tides got tough. He adds much needed depth to the bullpen, and while the competition is there as to who will be the go-to man in the 9th stanza, it is great having an arm like Andrew available.

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