The Red Sox have acquired reliever Andrew Bailey from the Oakland A's, according to ESPN's Buster Olney. Boston also received outfielder Ryan Sweeney, who will be 27 next season.
Going to Oakland is Josh Reddick - "a 25-year-old OF with a .293 OBP above Double-A", tweets Joe Sheehan - and two Class A minor leaguers: first baseman Miles Head and pitcher Raul Alcantera (#s 17 and 25, respectively, on Sox Prospects' list).
Bailey, who will turn 28 on May 31, has three years experience in Oakland. He threw 83.1 innings in 2008, but only 49 and 41.2 innings the last two seasons. He missed the first two months of 2011 with a forearm strain. Over his career, he has averaged less than one baserunner per inning: 0.954.
Back on December 11, the Globe's Nick Cafardo warned that Bailey's "save total has declined the past three years - from 26, 25, to 24 ...". OMGLOL!!