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Bailey a big score for Bosox & Ben

Posted on: December 28, 2011 5:34 pm
Edited on: January 27, 2012 12:59 am
 

The Red Sox filled their obvious need for a closer by acquiring Andrew Bailey from Oakland in a five-player trade, and at first blush this looks like a steal for Boston. At second and third blush, too.

Oakland's issue was a market filled with available viable closers both via trade and free agency. They acquired outfielder Josh Reddick, third-base prospect Miles Head and righthanded pitching prospect Raul Alcantara in the deal for Bailey and outfielder Ryan Sweeney.

Someone with the A's opined a few weeks ago that they may be able to get more for Bailey in July because teams may be more desperate for closers in a pennant race. But the A's decided to pull the trigger on a deal that won't overwhelm anyone, anyway. Reddick is a "young controllable'' outfielder, which are both important attributes. But he doesn't figure as a future star. Head and Alcantara, while promising, are too far away to know.

Meanwhile, Bailey is just what Boston needed. While 2011 wasn't his best season (0-4, 37 saves, 3.24 ERA), he has been a very effective closer in his three years in Oakland. He has a 0.95 lifetime WHIP and he was Roookie of the Year. As a bonus, he's out of tiny Wagner College in New York, and he seems like a tough Northeasterner who should fit a very tough role very well. A's manager Bob Melvin seemed to be a huge fan of Bailey's. Mark Melancon, acquired a couple weeks earlier by Boston, should fit better as a set-up man in Boston.

All in all, this was new Red Sox GM Ben Cherington's finest moment as GM (not counting being nudged to hire Bobby Valentine, as manager since Larry Lucchino gets half credit for that one). 



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Since: Aug 11, 2010
Posted on: January 2, 2012 10:55 am
 

Bailey a big score for Bosox & Ben

Question: Did the Red Sox know about Kalish's injury before the trade? Most likely, yes. Then why give up Reddick. There were other options...McDonald or And
erson. IMO with Kalish out of the picture, Reddick was the best option for RF.


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Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: December 31, 2011 6:08 pm
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Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: December 31, 2011 5:58 pm
 

Bailey a big score for Bosox & Ben

Soxski, Happy New Year!!!



Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: December 31, 2011 5:57 pm
 

Bailey a big score for Bosox & Ben

John the same, Happy New Year!!!



Since: Dec 30, 2011
Posted on: December 31, 2011 5:07 pm
 

Bailey a big score for Bosox & Ben

I am. Great fun. Look forward to some banter once the season starts and we can stop speculating and get down to the paaion of baseball. Be well. Happy New Year. Lizard Jr.



Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: December 31, 2011 1:35 pm
 

Bailey a big score for Bosox & Ben

Right on the money! (pardon the pun)  YOU NEVER PAY FOR SPEED!!  speed is, (here comes my second pun)  FLEETING.  you pay for arms you pay for power sticks or very consistent high avg players  you pay for defense  you never pay for pure speed.  Look at AROD  at one time he could swipe 20-30 bags no prob but he played very good defense AND hit for POWER and hit for AVG.  Well as time progresses and the body erodes the first thing to go usually is your legs. AROD's knees are going but he can go deep 35 times and hit 300. This is not at 35yr old prob for most its a 30 yr old prob. So what do we have going forward?  we have an aging (leg wise) left fielder with limited power with an under 300 lifetime avg for 6 more yrs at 20 mil per. if he steals an avg of 35 bags a yr for 6 yrs was it worth it?  of course not!  now invest that money in elsbury before they strung him out and boras got involved. you got a centerfielder locked up for 7 yrs say from 09 to 15 at 7 mil a yr thats 49 mil. it was doable. he isnt eligible for arbitration till 12. so you "overpaid" for 3 yrs say 18 mil  but you have him for 3 yrs at 7 mil divide 18 times 3 is 6 so you got him for 13 mil (7mil cheaper than crawford) till 15. In 15 he'll be 31-32, thats when you let him go if he's not compliant.  I'll bet you beltre falls off this yr there will be a disabled list visit he'll finish somewhere 20/80/330/280  which youkilis could do.    



Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: December 31, 2011 12:17 pm
 

Bailey a big score for Bosox & Ben

John you are right about Beltre's history, but don't forget he came up to the majors as a very young player (19 or 20 I think) and he has matured a great deal over the last few years in my opinion. It would have been somewhat of a risk, but not nearly the risk that Carl Crawford was/is. You don't give that kind of money to a player whose game is speed and was going to be on the wrong side of 30 during the first year of a long term deal. We are not talking about Rickey Henderson here. Beltre to me was the better gamble. The Crawford contract saddles Boston with the same kind of deal the Yanks have with A-Rod. For as overpaid a player as A-Rod is he is still productive when on the field (62 RBI in 99 games is not bad). But I'm afraid his cronic knee will never be any better and clearly his best days are behind him. Don't know that you can say injuries were the reason for Crawford's season last year, he was simply a dog. Of even greater concern to the Sox should be his poor play in the outfield last year. I wonder how much he cares????



Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: December 31, 2011 11:42 am
 

Bailey a big score for Bosox & Ben

Lizard King our bullpen is in shambles and does not compare with the yanks i agree.  i thought the acquisition for beltre on the cheap on his walk yr was fantastic, however i agreed with letting him go.  he plays for a contract and then disappears.  now you will say he signed his contract and then had a monster yr, this however was an abberation, strange days if you will.  i wouldve locked elsbury up  in 09 after doing an encore performance of 08 sort of a Braun deal or pedroia say 35 mil for 5  the first three you over pay last 2 you make it up (barring injury and malfeasance) It seems cherrington doesnt have a plan and is content to take it as it comes rather than being proactive.  Thats whats got me singing the shaman's blues this winter, while your over there in your hyancinth house  with your yankee cap stinky old boots singing indian summer



Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: December 31, 2011 10:50 am
 

Bailey a big score for Bosox & Ben

BTW, Soxski, please don't call me Mr. Lizard anymore. That was my father. Please just call me King...... Hehehehe, have a little fun soxski.....



Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: December 31, 2011 10:17 am
 

Bailey a big score for Bosox & Ben

I've got thick skin soxski, I can take anything you or anyone else can throw my way. Just want to say one more thing to you. Maybe YOU don't entertain the thought of commenting on an article related to the New York Yankees, but the same cannot be said for your fellow Red Sox fans. I'd like you to think back one season, when the Yankees missed out on Cliff Lee and the Sox signed Carl Crawford. If you can remember back that far, Red Sox fans were coming out of the woodwork to stick it in the Yankee fans face. So please understand, you don't represent the typical Red Sox when you say you have no interest in commenting on New York Yankee matters. Just keep blaming things on injuries and history will be sure to repeat.


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