Originally written on Boston Red Thoughts  |  Last updated 1/3/12
I take a much needed vacation from both work AND the Boston Red Sox, which is the exact time that Ben Cherington actually decides to DO something in this slower than molasses offseason–He trades for a closer. The good news? Andrew Bailey came cheap (Probably get about $3.5 million in his 1st year arbitration eligible), is young (27), hungry, has worked with Bobby V before, and more than likely comes with A LOT less baggage/attitude than Jonathan Papelbon. The not-so-great news? Ben had to trade the best right fielder the Sox had–Josh Reddick…. And this would have been OK if Ryan Kalish had recovered from his lost 2011 campaign, and not had to have labrum surgery in November, which means he will not be back until at least June…He weighs in: “It’s not the easiest rehab in the world, and we’re only a few weeks into it. I’m working to get my range of motion back and will go from there. Nobody has told me a timetable, but I know it will be a while.” So, as of right now, the Sox options f...
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