Andrew Bailey
RP LAA
10 hours ago

With a 5.40 ERA through seven spring games, Bailey remains the dark horse in the race to begin the year as the Angels' closer.

EDGE Analysis

With Huston Street (back) going down to injury early in March, Bailey was expected to compete with Cam Bedrosian for ninth-inning duties to begin the year. While the former has had experience closing out games in the past, the latter has a more dominant arsenal and has also outperformed the 32-year-old Bailey this spring. Barring any injuries or unforeseen shake ups, the veteran is expected to begin the year as the team's primary setup man.

Andrew Bailey
RP LAA
3 weeks ago

Bailey was ineffective Monday, surrendering four runs on a hit and three walks over two-thirds of an inning.

EDGE Analysis

Talk about poor timing. Huston Street's (arm) status for Opening Day is strongly in doubt and the Angels' closer role is looking like a two-man battle between Cam Bedrosian (groin) and Bailey. Needless to say, this ugly outing is a huge step backwards for the veteran reliever. Bedrosian appears to be fully recovered from a minor groin injury that held him out of games this spring, and he will likely make his spring training debut later this week. Health issues aside, Bedrosian is considered the more dominant pitcher, making Bailey the underdog in this positional battle.

Andrew Bailey
RP LAA
3 weeks ago

Bailey made his 2017 Cactus League debut Friday, throwing a scoreless inning while walking one and striking out two in a win over the Brewers.

EDGE Analysis

Huston Street (forearm) was the front-runner to land the Angels' closing job to start the year, but the injury he suffered in Friday's game puts his status for Opening Day in question. If he is not able to go, Bailey -- initially considered the dark horse in the race -- gets a significant boost in his chances of becoming closer. Cam Bedrosian was viewed as the biggest threat to taking Street's role away this spring, but if the latter is unable to compete, then Bailey steps into the role of main competition with Bedrosian sliding up to favorite. How both players perform this spring could dictate who gets first crack at saves for the Angels.

Andrew Bailey
RP LAA
3 weeks ago

Bailey will make his 2017 Cactus League debut Friday, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

EDGE Analysis

The 32-year-old remains in competition with Huston Street and Cam Bedrosian (groin) to close at the start of 2017. Consider Bailey the dark horse, due to Street's name recognition and the breakout Bedrosian enjoyed in his 2016 stint. Still, there's enough holding back the other two that Bailey can't be eliminated off the bat, so AL-only fantasy players could land some surprise saves if they take a chance with few strings attached.

Andrew Bailey
RP LAA
4 months ago

Bailey is expected to compete with Huston Street and Cam Bedrosian for the closer job this spring, ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Street has the experience and the big contract while Bedrosian has the best stuff, so Bailey would seem like the third wheel in the competition, but he was very good after signing on with the Angels in August (2.38 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, six saves). Keep in mind too that both Street and Bedrosian have had health concerns recently.

Andrew Bailey
RP LAA
5 months ago

Bailey signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Angels on Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

He will likely operate out of the seventh inning, acting as a bridge to Huston Street and Cam Bedrosian. There are also additional incentives in the contract, presumably if he ends up closing games. Bailey posted a 2.38 ERA and 8:2 K:BB in 11.1 innings out of the Angels' bullpen in 2016.

Andrew Bailey
RP LAA
6 months ago

Bailey earned his sixth save with a scoreless ninth Monday against Oakland.

EDGE Analysis

Bailey is a perfect six-for-six in save opportunities since taking over Sept. 4 and has only given up three runs since then, all in a non-save situation. He has just six strikeouts in 9.1 innings, but has walked just one batter. Given his past experience as closer and his success this September, expect somebody to give him a shot to either close or play a setup role come 2017.

Andrew Bailey
RP LAA
6 months ago

Bailey allowed a hit and struck out a batter en route to collecting his fourth save of the season Wednesday against the Rangers.

EDGE Analysis

Bailey allowed three runs in just 0.1 innings in an outing against the Blue Jays last week, but the 32-year-old hasn't allowed a run in any of his other seven appearances with his new club. Bailey will seemingly be the closer in Anaheim for the rest of the season, making him worth an add if he was overlooked due to the chaos in the Angels' bullpen.

Andrew Bailey
RP LAA
6 months ago

Bailey pitched a clean ninth inning in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Mariners, striking out one to record his third save of the season.

EDGE Analysis

Bailey retired all three batters he faced, striking out Nomar Mazara looking to end the game. The 2009 AL Rookie of the Year has emerged as a late-season source of saves following the trade of Fernando Salas to the New York Mets. Although Bailey struggled earlier in the year with Philadelphia, posting a 6.40 ERA and 1.45 WHIP, he has allowed only one baserunner in four appearances with Los Angeles. With Huston Street and Cam Bedrosian both done for the year, Bailey appears to be the team's primary closer for the rest of the season.

Andrew Bailey
RP LAA
7 months ago

Bailey struck out two in a perfect ninth for his second save Monday against Oakland.

EDGE Analysis

Bailey has thrown consecutive perfect innings since taking over the closer's role from the departed Fernando Salas on Sunday. He has had his struggles this year -- most notably a ludicrous 24.55 ERA in July before he was sent down to the minors -- but Bailey has three seasons of at least 24 saves, so he is no stranger to handling the ninth inning.