Bass remains among the top options to set up for Jays closer Ken Giles when the regular season finally begins.
The veteran right-hander has turned his career around the last two seasons thanks to a spike in velocity -- Bass averaged a career-high 95.4 mph with his fastball in 2019. His sinker-slider arsenal doesn't generate many whiffs, but he could be the reliever called upon in high-leverage spots when the Jays need a double play rather than a strikeout. Bass recorded career highs in saves (five) and holds (six) last season, and while he probably won't match the former, he could reach double digits for the first time in the latter category.
Bass avoided arbitration Tuesday by signing a one-year deal with the Blue Jays.
Bass will make $1.5 million in 2020, per Scott Mitchell of TSN.ca. The righty finished 2019 with a solid 3.56 ERA in 48 innings for the Mariners but was designated for assignment and claimed by Toronto in late October. He'll compete for the top setup role in front of Ken Giles.
The Blue Jays claimed Bass off waivers from Seattle on Tuesday.
Bass spent the 2019 season with the Mariners, posting a 3.56 ERA in 48 innings and saving five games. Ryan Dull was designated for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.
Bass struck out two in two-thirds of an inning to record his fourth save in a 5-3 win over the Reds on Wednesday.
Bass was called to pitch with one out and the bases loaded with a three-run lead in the ninth inning. Bass struck out the first two batters he faced, although a wild pitch allowed a run to score on the second punchout. He forced a groundout to nail down his fourth save of the season. The 31-year-old has now gotten a save in both games of the series, while Matt Magill has not pitched since Sept. 5.
Bass pitched a perfect ninth inning to earn the save against Cincinnati on Tuesday.
Bass needed only nine pitches to set the Reds down in order and pick up his first save since Aug. 7. The right-hander has recently yielded primary closer duties to Matt Magill, though Tuesday's opportunity to close out the one-run game suggests that Seattle's ninth-inning situation is fluid. Nonetheless, relying on Bass is a shaky proposition as he has five blown saves this season with a 3.67 ERA and 37:16 K:BB in 41.2 innings.
Bass allowed a run on a hit and a walk while striking out three over 1.1 innings Friday against Toronto.
Bass failed to produce a scoreless outing for his club, though the Mariners would emerge with a 7-4 victory in the series opener. The 31-year-old right-hander was given an opportunity to close Aug. 17 against the Blue Jays, but after surrendering a run, he was charged with a blown save. Meanwhile, Matt Magill appears to have stepped into the closer's role for Seattle, racking up three saves in his last four chances, all coming within the last eight days. Though Bass may be called on in high-leverage situations moving forward, Magill is clearly the Mariners' top choice in the ninth inning.
Bass (1-4) took the loss Friday, allowing three runs (two earned) on a hit and three walks over one inning in Friday's 5-3 loss to the Rays.
Bass entered with the game tied at 2-2, but the Rays were able to sting him for three runs, and the Mariners were unable to get their new closer off the hook. The right-hander had tossed eight consecutive scoreless innings prior to Friday's hiccup, which saw the right-hander's ERA inflate to 3.73 with a 1.12 WHIP in 31.1 innings. Save chances are likely to be few and far between for Bass while pitching for the AL West's cellar dwellers.
Bass picked up his second save of the season and the fifth of his career, working around one hit to fire a scoreless ninth inning against the Padres on Wednesday.
Bass is quite the success story; he's gone from being unable to crack the Reds' roster and opting out of his minor-league contract to being a big-league closer in a little over two months. The 31-year-old appears to have taken over since the Mariners dealt Roenis Elias and Hunter Strickland at the trade deadline. His K rate is up five percentage points from his career mark, helped by a fastball that has gained three full ticks since 2017 (95.4 mph average). Bass should be added where available.
Bass struck out one in a perfect inning Sunday against the Astros.
Though he didn't enter Sunday's contest in a save situation, Bass appears to be in line for closing duties after Roenis Elias was dealt to the Nationals on Wednesday. Bass has registered just one save on the year and has four blown saves, so Matt Magill may also be in the mix if Bass struggles to get the job done.
Bass (1-3) was charged with a loss against the Angels on Sunday, allowing two earned runs on two hits and a walk over 1.2 innings. He also recorded a strikeout.
Tasked with preserving a 3-3 tie when he entered in the bottom of the eighth, Bass got his appearance off to a reasonably positive start by retiring two of the first three hitters he faced. However, he allowed a pinch-hit single to Justin Bour before exiting and then saw Roenis Elias surrender a three-run home run to Matt Thaiss that plated both of the runners that were Bass's responsibility. The 31-year-old has now been charged with a pair of earned runs each in two of his four July outings, leading to a bump in his ERA from 3.57 to 4.43.
Bass did not allow a baserunner over 1.1 innings, striking out two batters and earning the save in Friday's 4-3 win over the Angels.
It's the journeyman reliever's first major-league save since 2014. Bass has done well in five appearances since signing with the Mariners, with a 1.42 ERA and 0.63 WHIP in 6.1 innings. He's not expected to compete for saves, but the right-hander may be trusted with higher-leverage assignments if he continues to pitch well.
Bass signed a big-league contract with the Mariners and will be available for Tuesday's game against the Rangers.
He was released from his minor-league deal with the Reds after exercising his opt-out clause, and the Mariners were there to swoop in and bring him on via a big-league deal. The 31-year-old journeyman logged an International League-high nine saves while posting a 2.21 ERA and 19:6 K:BB in 20.1 innings before the Reds let him go. Bass should pitch in mid-to-low-leverage innings for Seattle going forward.
The Reds released Bass from his minor-league contract Tuesday after he exercised the opt-out clause on his deal, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
After failing to crack the Reds' Opening Day roster, Bass reported to Triple-A Louisville and settled in as the affiliate's closer, logging an International League-high nine saves while posting a 2.21 ERA and 19:6 K:BB in 20.1 innings. That production wasn't enough for him to earn a callup to the Cincinnati bullpen, but he could resurface in the majors in the near future. According to Passan, Bass is expected to sign with the Mariners, who could immediately add the right-hander to their 40-man and active rosters.
Bass signed a minor-league contract with Cincinnati on Sunday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
Bass became a free agent after struggling with injuries in 2018. He appeared in 16 games with the Cubs last season, posting a 2.93 ERA and 1.37 WHIP with 14 strikeouts over 15.1 innings as a reliever. Bass figures to begin the 2019 campaign with Triple-A Louisville.
Bass (back) was outrighted to Triple-A Iowa on Sunday after he was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic Chicago reports.
Bass was placed on the shelf July 21 after suffering a back strain, but following a rehab stint and clearing waivers, he'll head to the minors. Through 16 appearances out of the bullpen in 2018, Bass owns a 2.93 ERA and 1.37 WHIP with 14 strikeouts across 15.1 frames.
Bass (back) made a rehab appearance at Triple-A Iowa on Sunday, tossing a perfect inning and striking out one.
Bass had been sidelined for the last two weeks with the back strain, but shouldn't require much time in the minors before the Cubs bring him off the 10-day disabled list. Expect the right-hander to make another appearance or two at Iowa before slotting back into the big-league bullpen. Over his 16 outings with the Cubs this season spanning 15.1 innings, Bass has posted a 2.93 ERA and 14:3 K:BB.
Bass was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a back strain prior to Saturday's doubleheader against St. Louis, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Bass will be eligible to return July 31. The Cubs are officially calling his injury a "right mid-thoracic strain." In his place, Dillon Maples was called up from Triple-A Iowa.
The Cubs activated Bass (illness) from the 10-day disabled list Wednesday.
Bass had been on the DL for about two weeks with the illness, but checked out fine after tossing an inning in relief during a rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday. He should be available out of the bullpen Thursday for the Cubs' series opener with the Cardinals.
Bass (illness) pitched a scoreless inning with one strikeout in a rehab appearance with Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday.
Bass looked sharp, as he worked through his inning of work in just 11 pitches, with eight going for strikes. The 30-year-old was pitching well for the Cubs this season, posting a 0.63 ERA and 1.12 WHIP across 14.1 innings, and he'll likely return at some point to provide bullpen depth.
Bass was placed on the 10-day disabled list Sunday with an illness, Patrick Mooney of The Athletic Chicago reports.
Bass had his contract purchased from Triple-A Iowa in early June and has allowed only two runs (one earned) over 14.1 innings since being promoted. James Norwood was recalled from Iowa to give the Cubs' bullpen an additional arm.
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