Following the acquisition of closer Joel Hanrahan from the
Pittsburgh Pirates, right-hander Andrew Bailey is slated to enter the 2013
season as a setup man for the Boston Red Sox. However, Nick Cafardo of the
Boston Globe wonders if Boston should entertain the idea of trading Bailey in
order to fill another area of need.
The Red Sox acquired Bailey last offseason from the Oakland
Athletics, hoping for the big right-hander to become their closer for the next
several seasons. However, Bailey suffered an injury early in the year, and when
he was healthy enough to pitch he was seriously ineffective, as he posted an
ERA of 7.04 over 15 1/3 innings.
It makes sense in theory for the Red Sox to trade Bailey and
recoup some of the prospects they initially surrendered for him. Still,
considering his ugly 2012 performance, the 28-year-old’s value isn’t likely to
be sky-high at this point.
If Bailey is able to flash the dominance he showed in
Oakland – 2.07 ERA, 0.954 WHIP over three seasons – there should be a market
for the right-hander.
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