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.
Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.
Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.
The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.