Astros manager Bo Porter said Monday he is “very excited” to see Bailey and has not ruled out a trade for the closer.
Bailey is owed $10MM over the next two seasons, but the Orioles have been trying to bring him to the majors since the start of this season, when he was optioned to Class AAA Norfolk.
That was a relief effort for the Astros, who had hoped to move him as soon as possible, but Bailey was on the Astros’ 60-day disabled list in mid-April and was then traded to the Blue Jays for right-hander Jeremy Guthrie.
The Astros were hoping Bailey would be able to help their rotation and they have not given up on him, but they will wait until after this season before doing so.
“I’ve had an amazing time working with Andrew,” Porter said.
“It’s great to see him get his shot at closer and I’m very excited about the opportunity he has to get back to the big leagues.”
Bailey is batting .222 with five homers, 10 RBIs and six walks in 37 games this season.
He is also hitting just .194 with two homers, six RBIs, three walks and three stolen bases.