Andrew Bailey, Red Sox reliever
Bailey came to town as a two-time All-Star who saved 75 games for Oakland the previous two seasons. The 28-year-old closer who would replace the venerable Jonathan Papelbon suffered a right thumb injury in spring training and missed the first 116 games of the season.
Bailey, who was paid $3.9 million last season, tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his thumb when he collided with a runner while covering first base in a spring training game. He did not play his first game for the Sox until Aug. 14 and pitched only 6⅔ innings.
To add insult to injury, Bailey came to the Sox—along with outfielder Ryan Sweeney—via a trade with the Oakand A’s for outfielder Josh Reddick. Reddick had a career-year with the Athletics, banging out 32 homers and 85 RBIs in leading the A’s to the postseason.