A’s continue to deal, trading Bailey to Boston

by Matthew on December 28, 2011

The Oakland A’s continued its offseason swap meet today, trading All-Star closer Andrew Bailey and outfielder Ryan Sweeney to the Boston Red Sox for outfielder Josh Reddick and infield prospect Miles Head as well as minor league pitcher Raul Alcantara.

ESPN.com first reported the deal that will give the Red Sox a viable ninth-inning guy to replace Jonathan Papelbon, who signed a $50 million, four-year contract as a free agent with the Philadelphia Phillies back in November.

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After a stint on the disabled list for the second straight season with a strained right forearm, the right-handed Bailey, went 0-4 with a 3.24 ERA and 24 saves in 41 2-3 innings and 42 appearances in 2011

Bailey becomes the fourth key pitcher traded this month for a rebuilding A’s, while Reddick, who began last season at Triple-A Pawtucket before being promoted in late May, will look to fill a big void in Oakland’s open outfield.

The 24-year-old Reddick batted .280 with seven homers and 28 RBIs in 87 games for Boston in 2011.

It appears that the A’s are aggressively retooling as the Franchise moves to relocate 40 miles south to San Jose and into a new ballpark.

Oakland (74-88) hasn’t posted a winning record or earned a playoff berth since being swept in the 2006 AL championship series by Detroit, and this latest trade doesn’t seem to be a move that will change any of that.


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