Originally written December 28, 2011 on The Outside Corner:
The rumors had been hot and heavy, but today the deal finally went down. The Red Sox continued their bullpen rehab by acquiring former Athletics closer Andrew Bailey for 25-year-old outfielder Josh Reddick. Also included in the deal is outfielder Ryan Sweeney, who heads to Boston and two very young prospects Miles Head and Raul Alcantera, who head to the Oakland system. This move fits precisely what each team was looking to accomplish. The Red Sox September collapse was caused in large part by a failing and ailing pitching staff and the loss of long-time closer, Jonathan Papelbon, chopped away some of the already thin depth in the pen. However, the Sox made their first retooling move earlier this offseason by trading for Astros closer Marc Melancon and now they've added their second closer to the mix in Bailey. Bailey is under team control through 2014, but will start to get expensive as he heads into his arbitration years starting this season. This seems like the only reason ...
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