Bailey signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Angels on Wednesday. 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.
Bailey earned his sixth save with a scoreless ninth Monday against Oakland. 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.
Bailey allowed a hit and struck out a batter en route to collecting his fourth save of the season Wednesday against the Rangers. 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.
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. 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.
Bailey struck out two in a perfect ninth for his second save Monday against Oakland. 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.