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A's ship closer Andrew Bailey out of AL West

12/29/2011

The Oakland Athletics on Wednesday traded All-Star closer Andrew Bailey and outfielder Ryan Sweeney to the Boston Red Sox for outfielder Josh Reddick and infield prospect Miles Head and minor league pitcher Raul Alcantara.

Bailey will assume the role vacated by Jonathan Papelbon for new manager Bobby Valentine.

Bailey -- the 2009 AL Rookie of the Year who made the All-Star team that season and again in 2010 -- had been a popular subject of trade talk this offseason.

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