Latest On A’s-Red Sox Andrew Bailey Talks

8:49am:  The talks are not that far along and the A's have not asked for Middlebrooks, tweets ESPN's Buster Olney.  The A's would need more, but WEEI's Alex Speier tweets that they've liked Lars Anderson, Raul Alcantara, and Brandon Workman.  Things are currently quiet on the Bailey-Red Sox trade front, tweets Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston

6:39am: The A's asked the Red Sox for third base prospect Will Middlebrooks, writes the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo. It's probably safe to assume that Middlebrooks, 23, is not one of the prospects mentioned in Gammons' proposal.

5:01am: Peter Gammons of MLB Network tweets that the Athletics are considering a trade offer from the Red Sox that includes Josh Reddick and prospects in exchange for Andrew Bailey. Jed Lowrie is not in this proposal.

The 24-year-old Reddick appeared at all three outfield spots for the Sox in 2011 (earning stellar reviews from UZR and DRS in an admittedly small sample) and hit a solid .280/.327/.457 in 278 plate appearances.

The A's stand to lose their entire starting outfield of David DeJesus (already signed with the Cubs), Coco Crisp, and Josh Willingham to free agency this offseason, so it makes sense that they would have interest in controllable outfielders.

The two teams were reportedly set to meet on Tuesday to discuss a potential Bailey trade, though is is the first we've heard of the results.


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117 Comments on "Latest On A’s-Red Sox Andrew Bailey Talks"


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MrBaseball29
3 years 7 months ago

Yanks get Gio, sox get bailey .. Same ole same ole

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Oilcanoworms
3 years 7 months ago

Marlins get Reyes, Bell, maybe Pujols… same ole same ole….

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Oilcanoworms
3 years 7 months ago

I hear you, man. But to be honest, I’d rather keep Reddick. I really like that guy. He’s going to be damn good I think.

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Guest
3 years 7 months ago

I like Reddick, too. IF he, kalish, iglesias, middlebooks, jacobs etc… can bring back STARTING Pitching DO IT! No relievers unless they are solid and 1 for 1 straight up… maybe.

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Jamie Baker
3 years 7 months ago

I don’t think you move Middlebrooks unless you are getting a lot in return. This guy is going to be somethign special, in my opinion anyways…

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Redsoxn8tion
3 years 7 months ago

Me too man. I think Reddick will only get better over time. Trading 3 top prospects for 1 guy makes me feel like they should have just paid Papelbon the $$

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Guest
3 years 7 months ago

Wait Reddick is still a prospect? A top one too? 

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wait_HOWmanyrings
3 years 7 months ago

Top prospects mean that they are more than backup outfielders. Lars Anderson is NOT a top prospect

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wait_HOWmanyrings
3 years 7 months ago

Top prospects mean that they are more than backup outfielders. Lars Anderson is NOT a top prospect

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Stoibs
3 years 7 months ago

A package of Reddick and Lowrie would get this done. I’m still not sold on either completely though. The A’s have to give Allen, Carter, Taylor and Barton the playing time. They need to figure out what these guys can do.  

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DirtyBrownBlanket
3 years 7 months ago

Really?

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JackPackage
3 years 7 months ago

Is it just me who thinks Reddick for Bailey is a deal the A’s should have ripped the Red Sox’s arm off when accepting? If they end up getting Jed Lowrie as well then hats off to Oakland. A potential every day (young) RF for a relief pitcher?

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0bsessions
3 years 7 months ago

Don’t get me wrong, I’d be content going into the season with Reddick as our starting right fielder on an interim basis (In Boston where his bat wouldn’t play too horribly), but I don’t see him as a fit for Oakland at all. His offense is based purely on power (Career SLG of .500 in the minors), but he can’t buy a walk (.332 career OBP) and his ability to hit for average has been minimal the last three years in the minors. I just don’t see him playing that well in a big park. His defense would be great there, but  his best projections would peg him as a fourth outfielder unless he can improve his plate discipline.

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towney007
3 years 7 months ago

Personally, I’d move on if Beane is that insistant on Middlebrooks. That’s just not realistic – both for the obvious reasons (he’s a reliever) and underlying issues (his injury history). Kalish and a low-level prospect would be the farthest I’d go for him. The market is just way too deep right now to buckle to something like that for a player in one of the most replaceable positions in baseball.

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notsureifsrs
3 years 7 months ago

reddick has flashed discipline.he was walking close to 15% of the time before being called up last season and walked at 9% clip in the bigs for the first couple of months he played

it has been his biggest weakness historically, and it could always hold him back. but it’s been a major focus for him in the organization and if he can keep himself in check, he’s got enough power to be a valuable everyday RF

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0bsessions
3 years 7 months ago

Agreed in principle. As he is CURRENTLY constituted, I’d call him a borderline fourth outfielder/starter. He could easily start for a lower tier team like and he’s got a lot of potential. I wouldn’t even call him a lost cause, he’s only 24 and I can’t stress the kid’s power potential enough. When your biggest problem is your plate discipline, something that’s much easier to fix than many other potential weaknesses, you’ve got the potential to be a starter. My biggest argument against him is that I think Kalish has more potential as a complete player.

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gradylittle
3 years 7 months ago

If the Sox are offering Reddick for Bailey, they must have some other plan for right field then. Maybe a 1-2 year deal with Willingham (that’s if Willingham can even play right field and is a good enough fielder, I have no clue I’m just shootin’ out ideas) cause I don’t think Kalish is ready yet to fill that role.

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notsureifsrs
3 years 7 months ago

probably not, but he will be next year (and possibly this year if he surprises). reddick is talented, but expendable. there’s tons of OF depth in the system and a couple of worthy short-term free agents

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rickjimbo
3 years 7 months ago

A decent right-handed bat for the outfield would be good for balance of the lineup and probably remove some of the sting of having Igelsias’ bat at short (assuming if they do go out and get a RH OF and assuming they “use depth at shortstop” to their advantage)