Andrew Bailey Didn’t Know He Was a Free Agent!

Eight years after making his Major League debut, reliever Andrew Bailey went into the offseason expecting another arbitration. The former World Champion with the 2013 Red Sox had signed a minor league deal with the Angels last August, and was ending his run of 43 2/3 strong innings in the club’s merry-go-round of a bullpen. And right at the end of September, the right-hander had finally fulfilled his six years of service time by three days.

So how does a player not know he’s a free agent? Well, turns out that missing all of the 2014 season due to reconstructive shoulder surgery, and a slow return back stretched out Bailey’s service time. And with that, he “never seriously considered leaving” the Halos in free agency this winter.

Now Bailey has a new one-year deal in Anaheim, and is in the hunt for the team’s closer role in 2017. I guess players really don’t pay attention to that stuff and just focus on the game after all.

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