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It took long enough, but the Yankees have finally snapped up one of the remaining FA relief pitchers who's coming back from injury. Via Buster Olney
, the Yanks agreed to a deal with right-hander Andrew Bailey
yesterday. It's a minor league deal with incentives that could make it worth $2.5 million and it also includes an option for 2015.
Bailey, 29, is a former Red Sock and Oakland A's closer who has spent the better part of the last 2 seasons battling shoulder and thumb injuries. He had surgery to repair a torn labrum and shoulder capsule last July, so he likely won't be ready to contribute until mid-summer at the earliest. While he's only thrown 44.0 inning over the last 2 seasons with Boston, Bailey did go 75-84 in save opportunities with a FIP in the mid-to-high 2.00s and 4.3 fWAR in his first 3 seasons in Oakland.
This signing follows a trend the Yankees started a few years ago with David Aardsma
and again last year with David Herndon
. They probably won't get much from Bailey this year in terms of meaningful innings, but if he makes a full recovery he could be a steal for 2015.