Red Sox solidify bullpen with Bailey 

December, 28, 2011

In acquiring right-handed pitcher Andrew Bailey from the Oakland A's, the Boston Red Sox get a Proven Closer on the cheap, giving up nothing they're likely to miss, while the Oakland A's get a package that probably represents fair value but might seem like a weak return given the way the industry and fans alike tend to overvalue that ninth-inning role. I'd do this deal if I'm Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington rather than give Jonathan Papelbon the deal he got from Philadelphia.

Bailey has had trouble staying healthy the last two years, and had Tommy John surgery in college (when he was overworked like he was a disposable item). But when he's pitched, he's been an above-average reliever, helped by a good ballpark and very good defenses behind him.

Keith Law

ESPN Senior Writer