Andrew Bailey, RHPCherington traded right fielder Josh Reddick and two prospects to the Athletics for Bailey and outfielder Ryan Sweeney. Bailey closed games for the Athletics the last three seasons, earned two All-Star Game bids and was the 2009 American League rookie of the year.
Staying on the field has been a problem for the 27-year-old, but Cherington said he is confident that Bailey will be ready to go to start this season.
"I've been extremely impressed with his competitiveness and his ability to get both right- and lefthanded hitters out," Valentine said. "Hopefully, like he said, he's going to be healthy as this year comes on, and if he is, he's going to be a big plus to the Boston Red Sox."