The Yankees gave oft-injured reliever Andrew Bailey an incentive-laden minor league contract over the winter on the chance that he would be able to contribute in the bullpen before the end of this season, but it’s not going to work out that way.
According to Brendan Kuty of NJ.com, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said today that Bailey has had “setbacks” after major shoulder surgery and is not expected to pitch in the majors this season. The 30-year-old underwent surgery last July to repair a torn labrum and a torn capsule in his throwing shoulder and was non-tendered by the Red Sox in December before latching on with the Yankees. The exact nature of the “setbacks” aren’t known.
Bailey has been an effective reliever when healthy during his career, so it was a worthwhile gamble for the Yankees, but anything they got out of him would have been considered a bonus given the serious nature of the surgery. The two-time All-Star has appeared in just 49 games since the start of 2012.
Free agent first baseman Matt Adams has signed a one-year, $3 million pact with the Nationals, the Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports. The contract comes with a $1 million buyout on a 2020 option, bringing the total value to $4 million. Official confirmation is still pending completion of a physical.
The 30-year-old infielder will return to familiar turf in Washington after spending the first half of the 2018 season there. He was dealt to the Cardinals in late August for cash considerations and finished the season batting a collective .239/.309/.477 with a career-high 21 home runs, .786 OPS and 0.8 fWAR through 337 plate appearances for the two National League clubs.
Despite his impressive display of power, Adams experienced a significant decline at the plate over the second half of the season, batting well under the Mendoza Line as the Cardinals pushed for a postseason berth against the division-winning Brewers and Wild Card-contending Cubs. Still, he saw enough early success in Washington to merit a second look and should provide a sturdy backup to Ryan Zimmerman at first base in 2019.