Mets Inquired About Bailey, Will Likely Target Rauch, Lidge, Francisco

An article by posted on December 4, 2011

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the Mets would love to trade for Oakland’s Andrew Bailey, but the more likely scenario has the Mets signing one or two relievers from a list that includes Frank Francisco, Jon Rauch, Brad Lidge and Matt Capps.

As you can read below, the Mets have checked in on Andrew Bailey, but found the A’s asking price to high and were unwilling to part with whatever it would take.

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No players were mentioned, but considering the impressive finish to the young right-hander’s season in 2011, I could hardly blame the A’s for wanting as much as they can get for their 23-year old closer.

Bailey, who won the AL Rookie of the Year award in 2009 (1.84 ERA, 26 saves), has battled through some injuries in the last two season’s, but when he’s on the mound there’s no mistaking the fact that this kid can bring it. His arsenal includes three plus pitches including a curveball, a cutter, and a four seam fastball that ranges 93–97 mph. He has excellent command of all three pitches.

In his three seasons in the majors, Bailey has a 2.04 ERA to go with a 0.954 WHIP in 157 games. He has allowed just 117 hits in 174 innings pitched while striking out 174 batters and doling out 49 walks.

He’s a true student of the game and spends hours analyzing film before each series because as he says. “to avoid the dreadful feeling of stepping onto the mound unprepared.” Bailey reportedly watches film not to study himself, but to break down the hitters he’ll face looking for tendencies, reactions, stances and signs of vulnerability he can exploit with his impressive trio of pitches.

The one downside to Bailey is his bout with injuries which has limited his playing time in the last two seasons. The injuries have ranged from a strained oblique to most recently a stiff forearm that sidelined him in April. He seemed fine once he returned.

While there’s no shortage of reports that the Mets will not be big players in the free agent market due to ongoing financial constraints, there now seems to be a growing sense that the front office is also unwilling to part with the prospects it would take to acquire players on the trade market as well. It’s kind of hard to navigate through this hot stove season with both these kinds of limitations, but it is what it is.

It’s too bad, because a pitcher like Bailey may have been just what the doctor ordered for the bullpen and would have been under team control through the 2015 season.

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