Andrew Bailey, All-Star closer for the Oakland Athletics, was traded today to the Boston Red Sox for Minor Leaguers Josh Reddick, Miles Head, and Raul Alcantara. Ryan Sweeney is also coming over to Boston.
The deal, of course, is centered around Andrew Bailey. He will immediately fill the void left by Jonathan Papelbon after he left for the Philadelphia Phillies. Since arriving in the majors with Oakland back in 2009 Bailey, 27, is a 2-time All-Star, has compiled 75 saves and a 2.07 ERA. he was the American League Rookie of the Year in 2009.
Reddick, who batted.280 with seven home runs in 87 games last year at triple-A, is the big addition for Oakland in the deal. He will get the opportunity immediately to fill an outfield spot for the A’s in 2012.
Boston is getting a great young closer in this deal to go along with some of the quality arms they already have in their bullpen in Melancon, Jenks and Bard. His addition could also indicate a move to the rotation for Daniel Bard to replace Jon Lackey who is recovering from Tommy John surgery.