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Andrew Bailey is back in the big leagues with the Yankees


One of the more interesting names among the dozens of September call-ups is former Rookie of the Year and All-Star closer Andrew Bailey, who’s back in the majors with the Yankees for the first time since 2013.

Bailey was a dominant reliever for the A’s from 2009-2011, but was traded to the Red Sox for Josh Reddick and a pair of minor leaguers in December of 2011 and has been repeatedly derailed by injuries since.

He returns to the big leagues at age 31 after throwing 35 innings with a 1.80 ERA and 42/11 K/BB ratio in the minors this season. New York is set in the late innings with Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances, but Bailey could get a chance to get some key outs in middle relief.

Mike Matheny admits that players’ contracts matter when it comes to assigning bullpen roles

Trevor Rosenthal

We’ve talked a lot in the past about how the save is one of the only if not the only statistic which dictates how the game is played instead of the other way around. Closers get saves, saves are considered valuable, so you make sure your closer gets his saves, regardless of whether or not that pitcher may be better-used in a non-save situation.

Everyone knows how this works, but rarely do you hear a manager actually come out and admit that saves — and the nice fat closer contracts for which they form the basis — come into play when it comes time to decide how to use a reliever.

Mike Matheny of the Cardinals said it, however, when talking about internal discussions the Cards have had regarding maybe using the closer in non-save situation. From Derrick Goold’s column at the Post-Dispatch:

Matheny said Sunday it’s appealing, but the save stat cannot be ignored.

“You want to be respectful, too, to what these guys are trying to do individually,” Matheny said. “For us as a team to move forward certain things need to happen and a lot of times it’s trying to create an atmosphere where each of these guys are able to achieve everything, and there are contracts involved. There are personal statistics that help drive personal achievement as far as salaries go. For us to be completely oblivious to that, I think is a mistake as well.

“Then you start having some friction,” Matheny continued. “There are outside influences that are constantly pushing these guys toward the statistics that are going to get them paid someday, right?”

Matheny admits, however, that the save is, in fact, an arbitrary stat and that maybe it’d be better if salaries aren’t based on it so much.

For what it’s worth, we’ve seen several relief pitchers get big deals because they have great stuff, not just great save stats in recent years. Our Drew Silva notes on Twitter that Andrew Miller had one career save entering free agency last winter and still got a four-year, $36 million contract. Likewise, Ned Yost chose a few non-closers for the AL All-Star team this year. Managers and front offices are smart enough to know where real value is in a relief pitcher. That said, arbitration panels may not be, and then there’s the whole idea of ego and “role” that Matheny alludes to complicating it.

Still, some pretty notable candor from Matheny here. Thoughts on this, Huston Street?

Settling the Scores: Wednesday’s results

Alex Rodriguez

Sorry it’s not a full ATH today, but this morning is a wonderful morning at Chez Calcaterra. Mookie, the official daughter of HBT, has an orthodontist appointment at 8AM. This one may or may not be the one in which they actually slap the metal on, but the fact is that Mookie needs braces.

Dental plan . . . Mookie needs braces . . . dental plan . . . So Settling the Scores it is.

I can’t let A-Rod’s night go without mention, of course. The venerable one hit a 450+ foot home run in the Yankees 4-3 win over the Orioles. Mark Teixeira hit a homer too. The Yankees likewise got six good innings from Ivan Nova before turning it over to the pen, which Andrew Miller allowing a homer to Chris Davis notwithstanding, has been a strength for New York all year.

Back in March, when I previewed the Yankees, I said that while there were a lot of uncertainties with this team, it wasn’t crazy to expect some improvement from many positions and that if a couple of the old guys bounce back they could be in this thing, especially given how good the pen is. Well, a couple of the old guys bounced back. They could use a starter but are getting just enough pitching. And the pen is the pen. That’s why they’re in first place folks. Everything has come up shiny for them.

Like this:

The rest of the scores:

Dodgers 3, Braves 1
Nationals 4, Mets 3
Reds 9, Cubs 1; Cubs 6, Reds 5
Phillies 5, Rays 4
Indians 7, Brewers 5
Rangers 10, Rockies 8
Giants 7, Padres 1
Tigers 9, Mariners 4
Cardinals 3, White Sox 2
Royals 5, Pirates 1
Astros 4, Red Sox 2
Marlins 5, Diamondbacks 3
Angels 5, Twins 2
Athletics 4, Blue Jays 3