Red Sox acquire Andrew Bailey from A’s

The Red Sox have gotten their closer to replace Jonathan Papelbon, acquiring Andrew Bailey from the A’s in a five player deal on Wednesday.  The Red Sox will be sending Josh Reddick and prospects Miles Head and Raul Alcantara to the Athletics.  They will receive Andrew Bailey and outfielder Ryan Sweeney in return.

Andrew Bailey is the new Red Sox closer

Bailey, 27, has been the Athletics closer for the past three years since his debut in 2009.  He won the American League Rookie of the Year in ’09and was named to the American League All-Star Team when he posted 26 saves with a 1.84 ERA and a .876 WHIP in 83.1 innings.  He also had a 6-3 record.  In 2010 he was once again named an AL All-Star and finished the season with 25 saves and a 1.47 ERA and .959 WHIP in 49 innings but lost a month to an elbow injury.  Last year he posted 24 saves and a 3.24 ERA and 1.104 WHIP in 41.2 innings after missing the first two months of the season due to a forearm strain.  Bailey was healthy for the rest of the season and the Sox hope that his injury worries are behind him.

Ryan Sweeney is a decent outfielder, not a full-time player, but he’s the prototype hitter for the Sox lineup, which is not surprising because he was the prototypical hitter for the A’s lineup as well.  He has a career .283/.342/.720 line in 6 seasons.  He is not a power threat, he only had 14 career home runs, but that can change once he is out of Oakland.  He’s a decent defensive outfielder but that makes him a lot better than Reddick.  I seem him as a platoon right fielder, much the same way I saw Reddick, with another right handed hitter added to the mix.  Once again the Sox move a minus defensive player (Reddick, like Lowrie) and replace him with someone of similar offensive production but superior defensive ability (Sweeney, like Punto).

All in all I love what Ben Cherington has done with the bullpen this off-season.  Bailey and Mark Melancon are both young and cost-controlled and figure to be a great 1-2 for the next few years and maybe beyond if they can sort out extensions.  They could still use another right-handed arm but with Albers, Morales, and Aceves and the everyman, it is shaping up to be a good bullpen.

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