The Rangers are looking for bullpen help, and Bailey may be of interest to them, according to MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan. The Rangers and Red Sox reportedly have spoken this spring, although it’s unclear to what extent.
Bailey became the subject of plenty of trade speculation this offseason after manager John Farrell announced that the recently acquired Joel Hanrahan would be Boston’s closer in 2013. Bailey was originally tapped to be the team’s closer, but he’ll instead serve in a setup role.
Bailey, who is set to make $4.1 million this year, served as Oakland’s closer for three seasons before being traded to the Red Sox, so his name is a popular one to toss around when it comes to teams in need of relief help. Only adding to the speculation is the fact that the bullpen figures to be an area of depth for the Red Sox this season.
The Rangers are reportedly concerned about their right-handed setup relief behind Joe Nathan and Jason Frasor.