Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Bailey On Bullpen Demotion: 'It's Not An Issue'

No Big Deal For Bailey
Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports that former Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey—in a phone conversation today from his Connecticut home—is essentially OK with his demotion. Said Bailey: "It's not an issue. Obviously throwing the ninth inning is what everyone wants to do. But mentality-wise, nothing changes for me. You still have to go out and do your job and make it as efficient as possible. If me and Joel and the rest of our bullpen are doing the job that it looks like we're going to do, we're going to have a winning team next year." While Bailey's attitude is laudable, we'd be surprised to find him on the Red Sox Opening Day roster. Boston can afford to deal some of its substantial bullpen depth, and Bailey—despite his lost 2012—probably holds the most trade value.