Angels Sleeper Bullpen Pitcher in 2017

Updated: February 2, 2017

The Los Angeles Angels bullpen is headlined by two-time All-Star closer Huston Street and rising star Cam Bedrosian. The Angels could see a new pitcher rise up in the bullpen in 2017.

One of the first transactions the Angels did this off-season was re-sign relief pitcher Andrew Bailey to a one-year deal worth $1 million dollars for the 2017 season. Bailey did not have a great 2016 season, but has Major League experience and that can go a long way.

In 2016 Bailey went 3-1 5.36 ERA in 45 games with six saves. Those 45 games were between the Philadelphia Phillies and Angels. Bailey went 0-0 2.38 ERA in 12 games with the Angels and that was enough for the team to offer him a contract for 2017.

Bailey is a two-time All-Star and won Rookie of the Year with the Oakland Athletics in 2009. Going 6-3 1.84 ERA in 68 games and converted 26 saves that season. He was a star closer with the A’s, but injuries derailed his successful career.

Now 32-years-old Bailey is attempting to get his career back on track. Bailey has 95 career saves over parts of seven Major League seasons. He has more experience than most of the Angels current bullpen and could bring something special to the team in 2017.

Closer Huston Street struggled heavily last season and battled some injuries. Cam Bedrosian had a great season in 2016, but does not have a bunch of Major League experience. While Bedrosian is likely the closer of the future for the Angels, Bailey can still play a huge part in 2017.

Bailey has set-up experience in the 7th and 8th inning, but also has worked as a closer. This gives the Angels an option at closer if Street continues to decline without forcing the role on Bedrosian. Bailey gives the Angels a transition path from Street to Bedrosian without having to just dump the responsibility fully on one player.

Andrew Bailey gives the Angels a three-headed closer for 2017 with Street and Bedrosian. If the Angels bullpen can avoid injuries these three could make a strong combo in the Angels bullpen this season.

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