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Red Sox get Bailey, Sweeney from A's

Posted on: December 28, 2011 5:24 pm
Edited on: December 28, 2011 6:04 pm
 
Andrew Bailey

By C. Trent Rosecrans


The Red Sox have their closer, acquiring Andrew Bailey from the A's, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reports. The Red Sox sent outfielder Josh Reddick along with minor-league third baseman Miles Head and right-handed pitcher Raul Alcantara, while sending outfielder Ryan Sweeney to Boston along with Bailey.

Josh ReddickBailey is the third pitcher the A's have traded this season, along with starters Trevor Cahill and Gio Gonzalez

Bailey, 27, will replace Jonathan Papelbon, who signed with the Phillies, as the Red Sox closer. A two-time All-Star, Bailey has 75 saves in his first three seasons with a 2.07 ERA. He had 24 saves and a career-high 3.24 ERA in 2010.

Reddick, 24, has struggled to find time in the Red Sox lineup, but managed to play 87 games in 2011, logging 278 plate appearances, hitting .280/.327/.457 with seven home runs and 28 RBI.

The 20-year-old Head hit .299/.372/.515 with 22 homers and 82 RBI at both Class A levels, splitting his time almost equally between Greenville and Salem. Alcantara, 19, started 13 games in the rookie league and short-season Class Am going 1-4 with a 2.20 ERA, striking out 50 batters in 65 1/3 innings.

Boston also gets the 26-year-old Sweeney, who hit .265/.346/.341 last season for the A's, but has hit just 14 homers over parts of six seasons with the White Sox and A's. Sweeney is arbitration-eligible, as is Bailey.

Last week after the Gonzalez trade, A's general manager Billy Beane said the team was looking to rebuild in hopes of having a young, talented team in time for a new stadium.

Bailey joins the new-look bullpen in Boston along with recently acquired Mark Melancon, while Sweeney will work in a platoon role in the Boston outfield.  

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DEX_MORGAN
Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: December 30, 2011 6:49 pm
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DEX_MORGAN
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Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: December 30, 2011 5:17 pm
 

Red Sox get Bailey, Sweeney from A's

Ahhhh, Kingsrule, but you did come back. Moron??? Thats not very nice. I ought to wash you mouth out with soap old man.


In any event I do hope you watched and enjoyed my little Carlton Fisk clip, that was just for you......


Look on the bright side, you got a score of 49 for that last comment, that might be your all time high



Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: December 30, 2011 3:56 pm
 

Red Sox get Bailey, Sweeney from A's

if you think all i have to do is go back and with you 2 morons did you ever think i could care less twinkee one and twinkee 2 typical yankee morons.


koomking
Since: Dec 30, 2011
Posted on: December 30, 2011 11:12 am
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Since: May 25, 2011
Posted on: December 30, 2011 11:02 am
 

Red Sox get Bailey, Sweeney from A's

Hey NESportsouth, in case you hadn't heard (hard to believe), Bard has wanted to move to a starters 

No I admit I hadn't heard that. (sorry I'm more of a Pats fan) That would be a good move for Bard. He has enough pitches to be successful, and that rotation needs a shot in the arm. Valentine will get the most out of them. Unlike Mama Francona, Bobby V wont take the spoiled brat BS. It his way or the highway.



Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2011 9:52 am
 

Red Sox get Bailey, Sweeney from A's

I like this trade from a couple different angles. First off, they addressed their need in the bullpen; with Melancon to cover for him if he gets hurt, adding Bailey was terrific. If he can avoid getting hurt he may be every bit as good as Pap was, without the salary and headaches-I won't miss Pap's mouth for a minute!! The Sox may miss Reddick, especially in a couple years if he keeps progressing but hey, he might be available in a trade in a few years! It's the A's, afterall and they love to provide "training" to up and coming stars then deal them away. The Sox are loaded with outfielders; I like Kalish and will enjoy watching him improve after he recovers. Adding Sweeney is great because he doesn't cost much and provides a decent replacement for Kalish until he does come back. The Sox dearly need to add anther starter, but this trade provides an avenue for Bard to jump into the rotation!


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Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: December 30, 2011 12:25 am
 

Red Sox get Bailey, Sweeney from A's

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