Monday, February 4, 2013
Could the Red Sox shop Bailey?
By Doug Mittler
Bullpen looks like a position of strength for the Boston Red Sox, who traded for Joel Hanrahan and signed free agent Koji Uehara.
The group will be even stronger if Daniel Bard (6.22 ERA in 2012) has a bounce-back season and could prompt the Red Sox to listen to offers for Andrew Bailey if the price is right, reports Nick Cafardo in Sunday's Boston Globe.
The most obvious choice is the Tigers, who head to camp with the unproven Bruce Rondon as closer, but any number of teams could be looking for a bullpen boost. Bailey was limited to just 19 appearances last season, his first with Boston, because of a thumb injury. He registered at least 24 saves in each of three previous seasons in Oakland, but the Red Sox still felt the need to deal for Hanrahan and install him as their closer.