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2021 Miami Marlins: The Fish Land a Bass

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Scratch another name off of the list containing free-agent relievers, as righty Anthony Bass has agreed to terms with the 2021 Miami Marlins. After a small handful of one year (or, in some cases, partial year) stints with Toronto, Seattle, Cincinnati, and Chicago, Bass has finally snagged himself a multi-year deal in Miami.

As is the case with most free agents, offers came and went, as Bass was looking for the perfect – or at least near-perfect – deal for himself and his family. The Marlins were able to facilitate that deal. Bass’s deal is for 2021 and 2022, with an option for 2023.

2021 Miami Marlins: The Perfect Spot for Bass

I had the opportunity to speak to Anthony Bass this morning, and when I asked, he offered this quote about joining the team: “A couple things intrigued me about signing with Miami. A team that beat the Cubs in the playoffs last season and the opportunity to pitch the back end of games for a playoff-caliber team.”

Last year in Toronto, Bass was able to post a 3.51 ERA, and a very respectable 1.013 WHIP, while raking seven saves for the Jays. Bass averaged 7.4 strikeouts per nine innings, fanning a total of 21 over 25.2 innings of work. His strikeout to walk ratio was 2.33:1.

Anthony Bass: Career Numbers

In addition to the teams listed above, Bass began his MLB career in San Diego (2011-2013), then a year with the Astros (2014), and two years with the Rangers (2015 and 2017) before joining the Cubs.

Bass also spent a year in Japan (2016), and hadn’t ruled out returning to NPB prior to the offers from Miami and others.

Despite battling some injuries over the years, Bass has persevered, pushed through the pain, and regained his form. Now entering his 10th season in the majors with the 2021 Miami Marlins, Bass has pitched to a career ERA of 4.32 with a WHIP of 1.324, some of which was inflated due to injury. Over his last three seasons, however, his highest ERA reached 3.56 (Seattle, 2019), and his best season over that time was with Chicago (2018; 2.93 ERA over 15 IP).

Anthony Bass: The Man Behind the Glove

The 2021 Marlins are in for a treat. Not only are they gaining a quality reliever, but they’re also getting a man with an unrivaled work ethic. I’ve had the opportunity to get to know Anthony over the last couple of years, and I can assure Marlins fans and Bass’ new teammates that he’s not only a great guy, but a very loyal teammate, and a dedicated family man.

On a personal note, best of luck, my friend, you’ve worked your way to where you deserve to be. Make the most out of 2021 (and beyond). Godspeed.

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Ken Allison is the senior of two MLB Department Heads, as well as a writer and editor for Overtime Heroics. A life-long MLB fan, he's also written for CubsHQ and had the opportunity to try out for the Chicago Cubs in 1986.