Red Sox Trade Rumors: 10 Huge Advantages Andrew Bailey Will Create

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Red Sox Trade Rumors: 10 Huge Advantages Andrew Bailey Will Create
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One by one, the Red Sox front office has been putting the pieces together.

New GM Ben Cherington has lived up to what he said in his initial press conference: that he would approach this off-season patiently, not overreact to the September collapse, and focus on low-risk, high-reward signings and trades.

I give him credit for resisting the urge to sign an expensive closer in the wake of the Papelbon departure.

In fact, I give him credit for avoiding the high-ticket free agents altogether.

At the start of the New Year, he has positioned the team to be in pretty good shape for spring training. There are now multiple options in the bullpen, which solve at least part of the rotation problem by allowing Bobby Valentine to experiment with Daniel Bard and even Alfredo Aceves as starters.

Granted, the team still needs another proven starter, and right field is a big question mark. But with David Ortiz back in the fold as DH, the team is much better off than we thought it would be as little as two months ago.

Last week's acquisition of Andrew Bailey does more than shore up the bullpen, as the following slides will show. It puts the Red Sox on the right track for solving some of their remaining deficiencies. 

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