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Red Sox will tender contract to Andrew Bailey

Dec 1, 2013, 3:05 PM EDT

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Andrew Bailey threw just 28 2/3 innings in 2013 and is likely to miss the first half of the 2014 season while in recovery mode from shoulder surgery. But the Red Sox don’t want to cut ties with him just yet.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post heard from a source Sunday that Boston will tender a contract to the 29-year-old right-hander, who made $4.1 million this summer and is arbitration-eligible for the third time in his career this winter. Bailey is likely to command a salary just under $4.5 million — which isn’t bad money if he makes a full recovery and returns to form down the stretch.

The non-tender deadline is Monday. It doesn’t seem like there will be many notable ones this year.

  1. nymets4ever - Dec 1, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Must be nice.

  2. pastabelly - Dec 1, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Joel Sherman should stop trusting his source.

  3. uyf1950 - Dec 1, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    If the piece is to be believed that seems like a lot of money for a relief pitcher that according to reports is going to miss the 1st half of the 2014 season rehabbing his shoulder.

  4. theskinsman - Dec 1, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    According to you, every signing the Red Sox have had is too much money. Of course, rooting for the team that boasted a payroll north of 200 million for 4th place probably has skewed your perspective a bit.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 1, 2013 at 7:18 PM

      Which team with a $200M payroll finished 4th? Here’s a breakdown of the standings if you need help looking:

      • theskinsman - Dec 2, 2013 at 5:00 AM

        Oops, tied for 3rd, there,all better now. What time was the parade?

  5. theskinsman - Dec 1, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    You can never,ever have too much pitching. Look at the insane number of closers the World Series champs went through last season.

    • pastabelly - Dec 1, 2013 at 8:46 PM

      In what universe does it make any sense to tender a pitcher who will miss half the season, coming off of a serious injury? Bailey is a set up guy and they already have Tazawa and Breslow as set up guys, have Workman waiting in the wings and just acquired another middle reliever. They may also need to make room for Britton. Unless Joel Sherman’s source is Ben Cherrington, I think he’s being duped. Besides who else is going to pay Bailey $4.5 M. I call BS on this rumor.

      • theskinsman - Dec 2, 2013 at 5:02 AM

        We have no idea of what he’ll be offered. But I’m comfortable that Cherington and the front office know what they’re doing.

      • paperlions - Dec 2, 2013 at 7:43 AM

        If he is tendered a contract he WILL get a raise. That is how arbitration works, it doesn’t determine if the player gets a raise, but how much the raise will be. Shoulder surgery is the hardest arm injury for a pitcher to come back from….if he is expected to miss 1/2 the season, it is very possible he won’t be particularly effective upon return.

      • theskinsman - Dec 3, 2013 at 5:38 AM

        All I was trying to say was that I won’t jump off a bridge if they figure out a way to sign him. I think 1/2 a season of a good relief pitcher has more value than spending 5 times that on an over the hill infielder, for example.

  6. homergreenz - Dec 2, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    Some of you that are quibbling over the money are completely missing the point. The Red Sox can afford to not always err on the side of caution. Last season they used 26 different pitchers.

    Therefore Cherington has some wiggle room when it comes to the probability that Bailey will pitch effectively next season.

    Like the commenter above wrote, “it must be nice.”

    It sure is.

    • homergreenz - Dec 2, 2013 at 8:59 AM

      Pete Abe says $4.3 million

      “General manager Ben Cherington said last month that one of his goals would be to stockpile bullpen arms.”

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