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.
At least six teams are interested in free agent shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, according to a recent report from Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Known suitors include the Cubs, who will reportedly be in attendance during one of the shortstop’s offseason workouts as they decide whether or not to press forward with a deal.
The Blue Jays released Tulowitzki on Tuesday as general manager Ross Atkins admitted he couldn’t rely on the 34-year-old to bounce back from season-ending bone spur removal surgery and be the kind of consistent presence the club needed going forward. Toronto is expected to absorb the remaining $38 million on Tulowitzki’s contract, which includes the $20 million he’s due in 2019, another $14 million in 2020 and a $4 million buyout in 2021.
The veteran slugger will be available to any interested team at a minimum $600,000, an undeniably attractive bargain if he recovers in advance of the 2019 season. He last appeared in the majors in 2017 and slashed .249/.300/.378 with 17 extra-base hits and a .678 OPS through 260 PA. Per Slusser, Tulowitzki appears to be angling for a job with the Athletics — even going so far as to say he’d be willing to switch positions in order to play for a winning team — though they have yet to reach out about a potential deal this winter.