When the Boston Red Sox traded Josh Reddick, Miles Head and Raul Alcantara to the Oakland Athletics for Andrew Bailey and Ryan Sweeney, they were looking to acquire an all-star closer to take over the role for the team. Bailey ended up needing reconstructive surgery on this right thumb and only appeared in 19 games for the Red Sox in 2012.
This past offseason the Red Sox acquired, all-star closer, Joel Hanrahan, along with others from the Pittsburgh Pirates. The acquisition was an obvious statement that the Red Sox were ready to go in another direction with the closer position.
Bailey entered spring training with knowledge that he won’t be closing games on a regular basis for the Red Sox, Hanrahan is the number one closer. Bailey states he is okay with the change, however only time will tell.
With Hanrahan in the fold, would the Red Sox be better suited to move the former closer for some prospects? Bailey is set to make $4.1 million in 2013, which in most cases is closer money, however he won’t be closing. In 2012, Bailey made $3.9 million and posted a 1-1 record, six saves, a 7.04 ERA and a 1.891 WHIP for the Red Sox. If Bailey can improve on his stats in the first few weeks of the season, would the Red Sox consider trading him?
Coming out of spring training, some teams will be in need of bullpen help, someone to close games out. Is Bailey an option for them? It is something the Red Sox shouldn’t shy away from and should explore all options, Bailey makes too much money to post a seven plus earned run average.
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