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.
Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Diamondbacks and reliever T.J. McFarland have avoided arbitration, agreeing on a $1.45 million salary for the 2019 season. McFarland, in his third of four years of arbitration eligibility, filed for $1.675 million while the Diamondbacks countered at $1.275 million. McFarland ended up settling for just under the midpoint of those two figures.
McFarland, 29, was terrific out of the bullpen for the D-Backs last season, finishing with a 2.00 ERA and a 42/22 K/BB ratio in 72 innings. While the lefty may not miss a lot of bats, he does induce quite a few grounders. His 67.9 percent ground ball rate last season was the third highest among relievers with at least 50 innings, trailing only Brad Ziegler (71.1%) and Scott Alexander (70.6%).
McFarland was dominant against left-handed hitters, limiting them to a .388 OPS last season, but the D-Backs deployed him nearly twice as often against right-handed hitters, who posted an aggregate .764 OPS against him. It will be interesting to see if the club decides to use him more as a platoon reliever in 2019.