Looking to add some veteran bullpen options, the Phillies have agreed to minor-league contracts with right-handers Andrew Bailey and Edward Mujica.
Bailey won the Rookie of the Year award and made two All-Star teams in his first two seasons with the A’s, but he’s basically been injured every year since then. He hasn’t thrown more than 30 innings in a season since 2011 and totaled just nine innings for the Yankees this year after not appearing in the majors at all in 2014. He does still have some upside at age 32, but teams have been saying that about Bailey for a long time now without much payoff.
Mujica split 2015 between the Red Sox and A’s, logging a total of 47 innings with a 4.75 ERA and 30/7 K/BB ratio. His durability is sometimes an issue and his strikeout rate has dipped in recent years, but the 32-year-old former All-Star has pinpoint control and a combined 3.53 ERA in 477 innings since 2009.
Philadelphia previously signed right-handers David Hernandez and Ernesto Frieri, so the Phillies have no shortage of experience among bullpen options.
The Padres fired manager Andy Green on Saturday, per an official team release. Bench coach Rod Barajas will step into the position for the remaining eight games of the 2019 season.
Executive Vice President and GM A.J. Preller gave a statement in the wake of Green’s dismissal:
I want to thank Andy for his tireless work and dedication to the Padres over the last four seasons. This was an incredibly difficult decision, but one we felt was necessary at this time to take our organization to the next level and expedite the process of bringing a championship to San Diego. Our search for a new manager will begin immediately.
In additional comments made to reporters, Preller added that the decision had not been made based on the Padres’ current win-loss record (a fourth-place 69-85 in the NL West), but rather on the lack of response coming from the team.
“Looking at the performance, looking at it from an improvement standing, we haven’t seen the team respond in the last few months,” Preller said. “When you get to the point where you’re questioning where things are headed … we have to make that call.”
Since his hiring in October 2015, Green has faced considerable challenges on the Padres’ long and winding path to postseason contention. He shepherded San Diego through four consecutive losing seasons, drawing a career 274-366 record as the club extended their streak to 13 seasons without a playoff appearance. And, despite some definite strides in the right direction — including an eight-year, $144 million pact with Eric Hosmer, a 10-year, $300 million pact with superstar Manny Machado, and the development of top prospect Fernando Tatís Jr. — lingering injuries and inexplicable slumps from key players stalled the rebuild longer than the Padres would have liked.
For now, they’ll prepare to roll the dice with a new skipper in 2020, though any potential candidates have yet to be identified for the role. It won’t come cheap, either, as Green inked a four-year extension back in 2017 — one that should have seen him through the team’s 2021 campaign.