Can Bailey Stay Healthy?

The Patriots are finishing off their regular season and are headed to the playoffs. The Bruins are on a 7-game win streak and the Celtics are off to a 0-3 start.

Now you can add Red Sox to the list of things to talk about.

The Sox made a trade with the A’s for closer Andrew Bailey sending Josh Reddick and two low level prospects to Oakland in return.

Ryan Johnston and Mike Flynn, in for Toucher & Rich this week, spoke with Scott Lauber of the Boston Globe about the trade,  discussing concerns about Bailey’s health, why the A’s made this move and the Sox options for right field.

Bailey had Tommy John surgery in college and has battled elbow issues in at least three season. In the 2010 and 2011 seasons combined Bailey only threw a total of 90 innings due to bone chips in his elbow. He had surgery after the 2010 season, but was still plagued by elbow and forearm issues in 2011 that kept him out until late May. With his injury history, is Bailey going to be reliable enough to be a closer for the Sox?

“I talked to him about two weeks ago when these trade rumors really first got going and he told me, and he said it again last night, that he’s in the best shape he’s been in health-wise, really since he’s been in the big leagues. He started throwing in early December, which is earlier than usual for him, and has no issues that he’s rehabbing from. He has no issues that he’s dealing with really for the first time since 2009.”

Bailey has had good success against AL East teams over the years, but playing in Boston is different than playing in Oakland. Will Bailey be able to handle the pressure of playing in Boston?

“You never know until you throw the guy out there, but his success in the AL East, and he has had some success against AL East teams, his familiarity the East Coast and Northeast baseball and familiarity with Bobby Valentine ought to make it a lot easier to adjust.”

The guys also discussed why the Oakland A’s would make this trade and what will the Red Sox do in right field?


  • George

    Cherrington is showing some remarkable thriftiness, value, judgment and even shrewdness in his low cost quality acquisitions so far this off season. He seems to have a much better handle on the young talent coming up and understands the need to constantly keep refreshing his team with bright young “low cost” talent as Tampa Bay does. Ben has “IMPRESSED” me so far as a GM with really good practical judgment. Don’t mean to bash Theo here but Ben seems to have “seen the light” and not “automatically” think that a big name free agent is usually the answer. Usually a low cost quality young talent “under the radar” that is lean and hungry has much more “upside potential”. I love the Bailey & Melancon acquisitions. It is rare to find established players that get the big paycheck/contract and then don’t develop shades of the Manny Ramirez prima dona complex of “dogging it”. Young, healthy, talented and hungry is usually the best way to go.

  • Boston Red Sox 2013: Ben Cherington's comments on Andrew Bailey, and why a trade is still likely | Massachusetts News

    […] Bailey had elbow surgery that cut short his 2010 season. He’s had elbow issues since college and, from the moment the Red Sox acquired him in December of 2011, there have been questions about his health and durability. […]

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