3 former players who could follow Andrew Bailey to the Red Sox

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San Francisco Giants pitching coach Andrew Bailey
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3. Andrew Bailey could recruit RHP John Brebbia to the Red Sox

John Brebbia grew up just south of Boston and went to high school in Sharon, Massachusetts through his junior year before transferring to Wellington High School in Flordia. Perhaps new pitching coach Andrew Bailey can help bring Brebbia back home.

The right-handed reliever was originally a late-round draft pick of the New York Yankees, but Brebbia's debut came several years later a member of the St. Louis Cardinals. Brebbia underwent Tommy John surgery in 2020, but has been part of the San Francisco Giants bullpen for the past three seasons.

Brebbia was cruising right along earlier this season, and owned an ERA just above 3.00 while routinely striking out opposing batters as a member of the Giants relief corps. Unfortunately, a Grade 2 lat strain in mid-June sidelined Brebbia for a couple of months.

The 33-year-old made 40 appearances in 2023 and was oftentimes used as an opener. If Andrew Bailey is going to bring that philosphy with him to Boston, having a reliable arm like John Brebbia might not be a bad addition to the Red Sox bullpen.

Brebbia led the league in appearances in 2022 and has a combined ERA of 3.47 over the past two seasons. If the Red Sox are anxious to bolster their bullpen, Brebbia should be a prime target this offseason.

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