Anthony Bass is one of the 2021 MLB free agents and is back on the market after his one-year stint with the Toronto Blue Jays ended in September. The nine-year MLB veteran has been bounced around to six teams but perseveres through the rough patches while doing what he loves. His longest tenure was with the San Diego Padres was from 2011-2013, he then went on to spend two seasons with the Texas Rangers.
2021 MLB Free Agents: Will Bass Find the Bait?
The 2021 MLB free agent market has been slow going for most clubs, as teams contend with the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic and the uncertainty it continues to carry. Anthony Bass is one of those many free agents on the hunt for his next team. The question is, where will that be?
The 2021 MLB free agent class is loaded with relievers, but age is comparatively on Anthony Bass’ side. Though a few are younger, Bass falls in the lower-age range for the available right-handers.
Anthony Bass: 2020
In 2020, Anthony Bass was under contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, signing a $1.5M (USD) contract in December of 2019. Bass appeared in 26 games for the Blue Jays in 2020, finishing with a 2-3 record, seven saves, and a 3.51 earned run average while maintaining a very respectable 1.013 WHIP. This was a strong season for the right-handed relief pitcher, and one of his best seasons during his MLB career.
2021 MLB Free Agents Rumors
The rumors begin to swirl for all 2021 MLB free agents as we ring in a new year and inch closer to the beginning of the 2021 season. Anthony has recently taken to social media posting about the possibility of heading back to Korea, as he likes the atmosphere and is enticed by the opportunity to hold the Excalibur Sword Trophy which is handed out to the KBO champions.
The Toronto Blue Jays are, of course, a potential landing spot once again if the team and Anthony’s agent can hash out a contract. Anthony Bass was consistent and reliable when called upon from the Blue Jays bullpen in 2020, it would not hurt to see him continue to guide the young pitchers coming through the Toronto Blue Jays system.
The potential landing spots for Anthony are endless at the moment, with a strong season in 2020 under his belt, and his experience in both the American League and National League make him an attractive target. Teams looking to bolster their bullpen will likely be knocking on the door in the coming weeks and months.
During his career in the majors, Anthony Bass has 363 innings pitched in 217 games while accumulating 15 saves and 266 punchouts. Assuming he is able to stay healthy, he will undoubtedly find a home in 2021.
During his time with the Padres, Bass suffered a shoulder injury, just as his career was experiencing an uptick. After landing in Houston, injuries further plagued the righty, as he next suffered an issue with an intercostal muscle, costing him nearly two months on the IL.
Just about the time things started looking up again, he was called up from the minors to serve out of the Cubs bullpen, before incurring a rhomboid muscle injury which would ultimately lead to his release.
Anthony Bass would then spend time with the Reds AAA franchise (Louisville Bats) in 2019, before opting out of his contract for a Major League stint in Seattle. Following part of the 2019 season with the Mariners, Bass was released back into the free-agent market, finally landing what should have been a full year’s worth of work in Toronto.
As we all know, COVID-19 slashed the season to just 60 games, not leaving any player the chance to amass regular season-like stats. This was a tough break for a man looking to rebound.
He still feels good, and still has what it takes to compete. Now it’s just a matter of waiting for the right phone call while weighing his options.
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