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December 28, 2011

Red Sox Trade For Andrew Bailey

by @ 11:28 am. Filed under 2012 Red Sox

The Red Sox have their closer.  After Jon Papelbon’s departure, the Red Sox needed a new ninth inning guy and they got him by picking up Athletics closer Andrew Bailey in a five player deal.  The Red Sox also get Ryan Sweeney and they gave up Josh Reddick, Miles Head and Raul Alcantara.

Bailey missed the first two months of the season with a strained intercostal muscle but then he came back strong and saved 24 games last season.  This is a guy with a career 2.07 ERA but a lot of those games came with nobody on and nobody out.  Still, he has a sub 1.00 WHIP and 174 strikeouts in 174 innings.

Of course with Reddick leaving the team, now the Red Sox have a hold in right field.  Ryan Kalish is also an option.  Still, I like the way the Red Sox bullpen is shaping up.

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