Did the Red Sox just improve their closer role from Papelbon to Bailey?… Yup.

ESPN Boston The Boston Red Sox have acquired Oakland closer Andrew Bailey and outfielder Ryan Sweeney in a trade that sends outfielder Josh Reddick to the Athletics. Bailey, a two-time All-Star, compiled 24 saves last year in Oakland to go along with a 3.24 ERA — the highest earned run average in the right-hander’s three years in the majors. To complete the deal, the Red Sox will also send first baseman Miles Head, 20, and 19-year-old pitcher Raul Alcantera to Oakland.

Whoa, Ben Cherington is my new hero. Not only did Cherington get the help the Sox needed to get into the ninth inning with the lead but he now just improved from last year’s closer while getting younger. Yes, I said it… Bailey is better than Papelbon, get over it.

As I researched this trade I felt as if it was coming off as no-big-deal to some, but in reality we should all be 6 to midnight… if you catch my drift. Bailey is one of the best young closers in the game and Ryan Sweeney is a perfectly fine replacement for Reddick. Maybe Miles Head and Raul Alcantera are great prospects, I’m not sure, but this looks like a homerun if you ask me. Now excuse me while I change my underpants.


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