Red Sox Acquire Andrew Bailey

The Red Sox have acquired Andrew Bailey from the Athletics in a trade that will send Josh Reddick to Oakland and Ryan Sweeney to Boston, the teams announced. First base prospect Miles Head and right-handed pitching prospect Raul Alcantara are going to Oakland in the deal.

Andrew Bailey - A's

Bailey (pictured) figures to replace longtime closer Jonathan Papelbon at the back of Boston's bullpen in 2012. The 27-year-old right-hander posted a 3.24 ERA with 8.9 K/9, 2.6 BB/9 and a 37.1% ground ball rate in 41 2/3 innings in 2011 after recovering a forearm strain that sidelined him early on in the season. MLBTR projects a $3.5MM salary for Bailey in 2012. The two-time All-Star and 2009 AL Rookie of the Year is under team control through 2014.

Reddick, 24, posted a .280/.327/.457 line in 278 plate appearances for the Red Sox this past season. The left-handed hitter got his first extended shot at Major League pitching in 2011, after posting a .278/.332/.500 line in parts of five minor leagues seasons. Reddick has big league experience at all three outfield positions and figures to get the chance to play every day in Oakland. He's under team control through 2016 and won't be arbitration eligible until after the 2013 campaign.

Sweeney, 27 in February, played all three outfield positions for the Athletics in 2011, posting a .265/.346/.341 line in 299 plate appearances. He has experience in parts of six big league seasons and will remain under team control through 2013. Sweeney's career UZR/150 of 9.2 suggests he's an above-average defender, and his numbers in right field are particularly impressive. MLBTR projects a 2012 salary of $1.6MM for Sweeney through arbitration.

Sweeney's a left-handed hitter who has a solid career line of .296/.352/.402 against right-handed pitching. However, GM Ben Cherington may want to pair him with someone who can hit left-handers given his career .233/.306/.289 line against southpaws. Ryan Kalish and Darnell McDonald (.285/.348/.451 career line against lefties) are internal candidates for the Red Sox to consider and right-handed hitting free agents Ryan Spilborghs and Cody Ross could also be fits.

The Red Sox selected Head, now 20, in the 26th round of the 2009 draft. He has posted a .274/.351/.446 line in 861 minor league plate appearances over the course of the past three seasons, but has yet to reach Double-A. Alcantara, who recently turned 19, has a 2.72 ERA with 6.0 K/9 and 1.4 BB/9 as a starter in 125 2/3 minor league innings. However, he has just four appearances above Rookie Ball.

Bailey will join the recently-acquired Mark Melancon in a new-look Red Sox bullpen. Boston may move  Daniel Bard to the rotation and Alfredo Aceves might also start, but Matt Albers, Scott Atchison, Bobby Jenks and Franklin Morales are candidates to contribute out of the bullpen in 2012.

ESPN.com's Buster Olney first reported the move (all Twitter links). Photo courtesy Icon SMI.


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416 Comments on "Red Sox Acquire Andrew Bailey"


0bsessions
3 years 7 months ago

Josh Reddick?

That’s it? Seriously?

BAM!

0bsessions
3 years 7 months ago

Seriously, I must be getting punked here.

not_brooks
3 years 7 months ago

I think you are.

There has to be more coming from the Red Sox…

BVHjays
3 years 7 months ago

Olney says that Reddick only part of the deal.

Hi
3 years 7 months ago

No he buster said he’ll be part of this deal meaning theres prob more

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

No, I think he means he will only be a part of the deal.

Hi
3 years 7 months ago

Ryan sweeny just got sent to red six too. Has to be more to the deal.

Snoochies8
3 years 7 months ago

where’d you hear this?

Hi
3 years 7 months ago

Buster olneys tweeting. A’s get miles head and raul alcantera from sox

Hi
3 years 7 months ago

Its a 3 for 2 sweeney and bailey for reddick miles head and raul alcantera

Snoochies8
3 years 7 months ago

are miled head and raul alcantera any good?

dbreer23
3 years 7 months ago

BA ranked Alcantara as the 6th best prospect in the Gulf Coast League for 2011.  Electric arm…

MaineSox
3 years 7 months ago

 Both are good-not-great prospects at this point, but both have solid potential.

Despite what Olney is saying, Head is actually a 1B prospect (and if he makes the majors he will be an offensive minded 1B at that).  But he does have a high power potential and solid all-around offensive potential.

Alcantara has three pitches that all have plus potential (Fastball, Slider, and Change), but all three still need refinement in control and consistency (he’s only 19 and came from the Dominican leagues).  His FB sits in the low 90’s and can hit 95 currently but he is expected to put on a lot of weight and is expected to sit more around 95-96 once he matures.

johnsilver
3 years 7 months ago

Miles played 3b at HS and his size is not huge by any means. Have a feeling beane mad this deal with moving him back to the position, or with the way they “seem” to have been going about this off season and looking for young OF as well.

I also like Sweeny as a superb replacement for mcDonald.

This is an outright steal of Bailey.

MaineSox
3 years 7 months ago

 Nobody (including the Red Sox) think that he can play 3B at this point. 

If Beane got him thinking he could switch him back to 3B, he’s the only person in baseball who thinks he’s a 3B.

3 years 7 months ago

No on ESPN it said Reddick and others

Snoochies8
3 years 7 months ago

freaking a, you guys totally got a steal

chico65
3 years 7 months ago

I have absolutely no problem with that package. Reddick as the centerpiece? Alcantara? Head? And they get sweeney? Outstanding.

Snoochies8
3 years 7 months ago

haha that post was made before the details about sweeney, alcantara, and head were announced

cyberboo
3 years 7 months ago

I can’t see the logic behind Reddick for Bailey, especially since Toronto and Tampa have two of the top three farm systems in baseball.  Is Beane trying to tell everyone that Toronto and Tampa Bay didn’t have better talent than Reddick to go to Oakland in exchange for Bailey.  Something is wrong with that picture and there must be a boatload of talent heading to the west coast that hasn’t been published yet, especially if Sweeney is also going to the Sox.  Stay tuned tomorrow for the continuing saga of how to conduct a fire sale in Oakland, turning A’s into triple A expansion team. 

dbreer23
3 years 7 months ago

Why would the Blue Jays be going after Bailey?  They just got Santos from the White Sox.  Can’t really see the Rays going after him either, but I suppose it’s possible.  Doubt they’d give up as much as BOS did.

cyberboo
3 years 7 months ago

Just because you have one closer, it doesn’t mean you don’t pick up players that also have closing experience in a set-up role.  Boston has Melancon who is a closer, but they also obtained Bailey, which means one of them has to be moved to set-up roles or they alternate closing games.  lol. 

crosby04roy
3 years 7 months ago

melancon will not be closing over bailey….

dbreer23
3 years 7 months ago

I’m sure that AA did his due diligence to check on Bailey, but I’m betting the price was too high for AA’s liking, and he went on to get Santos.  Molina for Santos was a much better deal, in talent and worth to TBJ, than this deal for Bailey is to Boston.  Doesn’t mean AA is done, I just think Bailey was overpriced for what he wanted to pay.

Tyler Jedrzejak
3 years 7 months ago

theres no way the price was to high look what the sox gave up. If i was any other team i would have gone for him if that is all it took

dbreer23
3 years 7 months ago

Well, Bailey’s been on the market for 2 months, so if you know why AA didn’t jump on him, you’re a better faux-GM than I am…

MikhelB
3 years 7 months ago

Price is not the same to every team, CJ Wilson asked the Yankees 20+ millions, asked Texas for 19 millions, and signed for less. Hoyer asked the moon and the stars for Adrián González, but sold low to his former team (it was the best i would get, he said).

dbreer23
3 years 7 months ago

I’m sure that AA did his due diligence to check on Bailey, but I’m betting the price was too high for AA’s liking, and he went on to get Santos.  Molina for Santos was a much better deal, in talent and worth to TBJ, than this deal for Bailey is to Boston.  Doesn’t mean AA is done, I just think Bailey was overpriced for what he wanted to pay.

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
3 years 7 months ago

lol, wtf are you saying you homer.

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
3 years 7 months ago

HEY EVERYONE WE HAVE A HOMER OVER HERE

cyberboo
3 years 7 months ago

I can’t see the logic behind Reddick for Bailey, especially since Toronto and Tampa have two of the top three farm systems in baseball.  Is Beane trying to tell everyone that Toronto and Tampa Bay didn’t have better talent than Reddick to go to Oakland in exchange for Bailey.  Something is wrong with that picture and there must be a boatload of talent heading to the west coast that hasn’t been published yet, especially if Sweeney is also going to the Sox.  Stay tuned tomorrow for the continuing saga of how to conduct a fire sale in Oakland, turning A’s into triple A expansion team. 

0bsessions
3 years 7 months ago

Well, Beane got bent over on this one, but at least he was able to get Head. 

MaineSox
3 years 7 months ago

o_0

I actually don’t hate this trade from Oakland’s perspective.  Head and Alcantara are both fairly high risk (low minors and need refinements) but both have high ceilings.  There is a high chance that neither makes it to their full potential but if either one of them does I think this trade looks like a win for the As (if both do it’s a slam dunk, but that is very, very unlikely).

YanksFanSince78
3 years 7 months ago

heard he went a Mile out of his way to get some too. wonder if he ever tried craigslist? 

YanksFanSince78
3 years 7 months ago

heard he went a Mile out of his way to get some too. wonder if he ever tried craigslist? 

0bsessions
3 years 7 months ago

Well, Beane got bent over on this one, but at least he was able to get Head. 

johnsilver
3 years 7 months ago

Miles Head is the one IMO. Agreed there bro that Reddick is a slight to no loss and Alcantra is a wild card.

Head might be the key here. Long as he does not balloon up in size? They move him back to 3B, where he belongs and they might have the power hitting 3B have been looking for in a couple of years.

Good thing Boston has outstanding depth at the position. As much as liked Miles, am not worried with the loss. Stll a position with a world of depth throughout the system as you know.

Wouldn’t have had to move him to 1B if not clogged up already.

MaineSox
3 years 7 months ago

 1B is way more blocked in Boston than 3B is, what with Gonzalez there and all; if they thought there was even a little chance that he could stick at 3B they would have left him there, if only because he would be more valuable in a trade.

johnsilver
3 years 7 months ago

“1B is way more blocked in Boston than 3B is”

Thought it was a bit obvious the minor league system 3B, or it was to the regular Sox people here from the people that they have in the system.. Vitek, Middlebrooks, cecchini, Bogaerts eventually.

Edit
Was supposed to have been 3B clogged up in my original post.. my mistake there.

MaineSox
3 years 7 months ago

When they moved him to 1B in 2010 Vitek and Cecchini weren’t part of the equation at 3B, and Bogaerts still isn’t.  There are plenty of places in the minors where they could reasonably put him and he could still play 3B if they thought he was at all able to.  In fact, the very case of Vitek still being at 3B (and not in the outfield where he should/will be) shows that they like to stick with players at positions as long as possible, just in case. (they did the same with Fife, Wilson, Hazelbaker, etc.)

I don’t know where your “the regular Sox people here” comment comes from, but as someone who follows the prospects at least as much as the guys in the majors I can tell you that none of the Sox scouting guys, or the national scouting guys, think he is a 3B; in fact, average defense at 1B is considered the extent of his potential.

johnsilver
3 years 7 months ago

Ok…

I take it will have to start writing in braille then, lest some of my left out, or not finished thoughts will be misconstrued and tossed back like this…

Guess you have not figured out by now, or don’t care that other people follow the minor league prospects also around here and know that Vitek *might* get moved to the outfield eventually, Bogaerts *might* get moved to 3B and as for Head? he went to 3B as far as my knowledge, because Vitek was going to be playing 3B for Greenville last season.

Now, without doing some cursory bow to your omnipotence here on the subject.. That was my understanding of it….

MaineSox
3 years 7 months ago

Wow, apparently I hit some sort of nerve.  I don’t know what you’re so upset about, all I was trying to do was point out my perspective (and coincidentally the perspective of scouts who have seen him).

If Oakland really is going to give him a shot at 3B I don’t blame them, it can’t hurt, but the Sox moved him for more reason than just because there were other 3B prospects in the system.  His defense wasn’t good there, and it’s not all that good at 1B either.

Look, I can give you the opinions of scouts if you want them: Newman at FG says “lack of range and foot work forced him over to first base,” Goldstein was asked if Head could transition back to 3B and said “Rarely optimistic on wrong way defensive spectrum moves,” and the guys at SoxProspects say of his defense at 1B “Choppy footwork at times and about average range [for a 1B]. Strong arm for a first baseman. Shows soft hands with improving glovework on balls in the dirt. Projects as average-to-solid-average defensively [at 1st] as long as his body doesn’t fill out too much.”

You don’t need to get all worked up just because I don’t agree with you though. At first I honestly thought you were talking about 3B being blocked at the majors, so I said 1B is more blocked than 3B; then when you told me that was wrong I thought you were saying the position was more overloaded in the minors, and now that is apparently wrong too, so now I’m honestly not sure what you were trying to say.

Casor_Greener
3 years 7 months ago

Beane is one of the most over rated GMs in baseball

cyberboo
3 years 7 months ago

The ode to Billy Beane:     We draft them, we groom them, we make them stars, and we trade them.  The second verse is the same as the first. The triple A’s are never in contention and they’re never in first… place that is. Their home is in major league baseball, where the big boys come to play.

Andrew Rosner
3 years 6 months ago

Think of it this way..Bailey is oft injured and had his worst season ever…The A’s are getting a good position player who can play all OF spots who will hit 280-20-25hr-80-90RBI every year…not a bad deal for both teams

0bsessions
3 years 6 months ago

Worst season ever’s a matter of debate, his peripherals were right in line with his career numbers. His BAbip normalized, for the most part and his GB% went down a bit, but still, good option as a closer (As I’m of the mind a lights out closer is overrated).

I do agree that the deal is actually good for both teams. I was pretty high on the Reddick thing as he’s obviously redundant for the Sox and I’m just glad we got as much as we did for him. I think your numbers are a bit generous, for him. He’s certainly CAPABLE of those kind of numbers, but it’s far from a given, he needs to work on his plate discipline to keep his BA and HR numbers up by avoiding pitchers’ exploiting his tendency to swing at stuff out of the zone and I’m still not convinced Oakland is the best fit for him, but he’s a great defender.

The Sox didn’t really give up much that they’re ever likely to use while the A’s got some good upside with some question marks attached.

3 years 7 months ago

good move!

DT Flush234
3 years 7 months ago

Good Move by the Red Sox they needed Bullpen depth after losing Pabelbon. That means Madson won’t be signing with the Red Sox.

Triple Hawpes Brewed
3 years 7 months ago

You can’t even do that right.

Edit: LMAO he completely edited his post, it initially read “First to comment.”

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
3 years 7 months ago

That’s happened to me a couple times. People are really sad. Why would you even care if you’re first or not?

David X
3 years 7 months ago

It is a meaningless achievement for people with empty lives and nothing important going on. It is the quintessential “posting from your mom’s basement” thing to do.

CyYoungSuppan
3 years 7 months ago

I am glad I am not you.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 7 months ago

The Sox must’ve been really concerned about the pen if Cherrington was willing to give Beane Head to get Bailey.

MaineSox
3 years 7 months ago

 Oh man, these jokes are even better than I had hoped.

3 years 7 months ago

NO

Triple Hawpes Brewed
3 years 7 months ago

The rich get richer!

Chris Hernandez
3 years 7 months ago

lol bye bye Josh Reddick.

Ben_Cherington
3 years 7 months ago

See ya Reddick!  Hello BAILEY!!!

3 years 7 months ago

This does not shock me the slightest bit. Wonder who else will be going to the A’s.

Ben_Cherington
3 years 7 months ago

Reddick and who else?

Evan Dolan
3 years 7 months ago

 shouldnt you know “Ben”?

0bsessions
3 years 7 months ago

Of course not, he’s Lucchino’s puppet.

Ben_Cherington
3 years 7 months ago

all i know is i had to give beane head

YanksFanSince78
3 years 7 months ago

did he gaze lovingly into your eyes while you were doing it? no hideo.

Cory J. Settoon
3 years 7 months ago

Now our bullpen starts to look solid.

andrewmets9
3 years 7 months ago

Bard is going to be a starter, right?

3 years 7 months ago

he is just one person in the trade, they have not gotten all the details figured out yet.

3 years 7 months ago

Whoa! Good thing all that Melacon talk was just that. Nice move, Sox. And for Reddick, at that!

MaineSox
3 years 7 months ago

 Melancon talk wasn’t just talk, Melancon was a done deal weeks ago.

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
3 years 7 months ago

I think he means using him as the closer.

Leonard Washington
3 years 7 months ago

If Reddick has 500 Abs of solid play with even some slight above average times in it he is a steal. Guy has a huge power ceiling, and is good on d. I would say this trade will be even if Bailey can stay healthy.

Leonard Washington
3 years 7 months ago

Reddick was def the centerpiece your not gonna hear big prospect names. Bailey for Reddick and some minor talent is a fair trade. Whammy. Thank you Billy.

3 years 7 months ago

Moneyball II: The Wrath of Beane…

dbreer23
3 years 7 months ago

BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEE!

3 years 7 months ago

yes

3 years 7 months ago

This is misleading. It isn’t just Reddick going the other way. Middlebrooks or Lowrie MUST be involved… 

3 years 7 months ago

Lowrie was already traded LOL 

3 years 7 months ago

First off, no way Middlebrooks is in the deal. Second, Lowrie was already traded to the Astros.

Leonard Washington
3 years 7 months ago

Lowrie is gone and I will eat my hat if an above average prospect of any kind goes Oaklands way. Now begins the waiting game till Bailey hits the DL.

Danny
3 years 7 months ago

Lowrie went to Houston for Melancon

JDR
3 years 7 months ago

Lowrie is an Astro

RT_Miller
3 years 7 months ago

Lowrie was previously traded.

bglaszcz
3 years 7 months ago

uhhh no… No way Middlebrooks is going anywhere in this deal, and Lowrie is already gone to the ‘Stros

Travis J. Liles
3 years 7 months ago

Lowrie is already in Houston.  Im thinking maybe Ranaudo is in the deal?

Leonard Washington
3 years 7 months ago

Chance of that at like 1%.

mwach1
3 years 7 months ago

Wasn’t Lowrie part of the Melancon trade??

3 years 7 months ago

lowrie is in houston, they dealt lowrie for melancon

BoSoxCurseBreaker
3 years 7 months ago

3 team trade with Houston??

Lowrie didn’t stay there long…

3 years 7 months ago

Lol nothing like being corrected seven times in less than a minute. Usually, as soon as I see Houston Astros in any headline, I immediately disregard it. 

I still think you all underestimate the ridiculous relief pitcher market right now. 

bobskube
3 years 7 months ago

Hey!  Did you guys hear the Red Sox traded Lowrie to the Astros?

3 years 7 months ago

No….

3 years 7 months ago

No….

Kayrall
3 years 7 months ago

Lowrie went to Houston

3 years 7 months ago

we get it

Mike Boyer
3 years 7 months ago

yessssssssss

Ray R
3 years 7 months ago

Bailey for Reddick? That makes it official: fire sale under way in Oakland. 

not_brooks
3 years 7 months ago

It wasn’t official when they traded their two best starting pitchers…?

philpbarnes
3 years 7 months ago

Gonna wait and see who the extras are before I give Ben an A+ for this, but me likey so far…

Jon Melton
3 years 7 months ago

If reddick main piece steal for sox