Red Sox reportedly close to adding another former reliever to coaching staff
When the Boston Red Sox needed another President of Baseball Operations, they hired one of their former relief pitchers in Craig Breslow. Also needing a pitching coach, the Red Sox took a similar approach.
As first reported by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic late Tuesday night, the Red Sox “are close to hiring” Andrew Bailey for the role. Bailey and Breslow were teammates in Boston in 2012 and 2013. The two have remained close off the field – Bailey serves as the Director of Development for Beslow’s non-profit pediatric cancer charity, the Strike 3 Foundation.
Bailey had an eight-year MLB career from 2009-2017, but more recently has been working in coaching. He began as the Los Angeles Dodgers’ bullpen coach in 2019, then the next year he joined the San Francisco Giants as their pitching coach, a job he held through the 2022 season.
Under Bailey’s leadership the Giants have been one of the best pitching teams in baseball the last three seasons. They ranked in the top half of the league in ERA between 2021-2023, highlighted by their 3.25 ERA in 2021, which ranked second best and helped power the team to a 107-win season.
Multiple pitchers developed into stars under Bailey in San Francisco. They’ve had at least one Cy Young finalist each of the last three years – Logan Webb in both 2022 and 2023, Carlos Rodon in 2022, and Kevin Gausman in 2021.
Given the performance of the Giants’ pitching staff under Bailey, his services appear to have been in high demand. According to Chris Cotillo of MassLive, the Orioles, Marlins, and White Sox all interviewed Bailey about their pitching coach openings, while the Yankees had interviewed him about their bench coach position.
Of course, beyond filling out the coaching staff the Red Sox also have to fill out their roster. Here’s a look at the top free agents that will be available to them this winter…