BOSTON (CBS) – The Boston Red Sox finally have a closer.
Boston has acquired right-handed pitcher Andrew Bailey and outfielder Ryan Sweeney from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for outfielder Josh Reddick, and minor league right-handed pitcher Raul Alcantara and first baseman Miles Head.
The Red Sox were in need of a closer after Jonathan Papelbon left for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Bailey had 24 saves, and a 3.24 ERA for the A’s last season. He has 75 saves in three major league seasons, saving a career high 26 games in 2009. He has just nine blown savies in 84 chances with a career ERA of 2.07.
Sweeney, 26, hit .265 with 11 doubles, three triples, one home run and 25 RBI in 108 games with the Athletics in 2011. He also appeared at all three outfield positions and designated hitter.