MLB Trade Rumors: Boston Red Sox Must Still Make Deal for Andrew Bailey

T.J. McaloonContributorDecember 22, 2011

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Andrew Bailey #40 of the Oakland Athletics pitches against the the Detroit Tigers in the ninth inning during an MLB baseball game at Coliseum on September 15, 2011 in Oakland, California. The Athletics won the game 5-1.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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The Boston Red Sox are always known for making huge offseason moves. If they want to make a big move this offseason, they can do it by adding Oakland Athletics closer Andrew Bailey

Boston wanted to pick up Bailey and Athletics starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez in what would have been a huge deal for the Red Sox. However, it looks like Gonzalez is going to head off to the Washington Nationals

The Sox may have lost out on making the big move by getting both Athletics players, but they should make the trade for Bailey. 

Didler Morals at is reporting that even with Gonzalez off the table, Bailey could still get moved to Boston.

According to Peter Gammons, the Athletics are sifting through deals from the Red Sox and the Nationals and deciding on the most enticing trade package. Oakland is reportedly leaning toward Washington’s offer of prospects.

But FOX's Ken Rosenthal reports the Red Sox are determined to land both Gonzalez and closer Andrew Bailey in a "monster" deal. If the Gonzalez deal falls through, a trade for Bailey may still be simmering behind the scenes. 

Last season, Gonzalez went 16-12 with a 3.12 ERA while Bailey recorded 24 saves in 26 opportunities.

Boston lost their closer from last year, when Jonathan Papelbon left as a free agent for the Philadelphia Phillies.  

If they would make a deal for Bailey, they would be receiving a player who was perfect in six save opportunities in the month of September. In nine September games, Bailey only gave up five earned runs, with the majority of those runs coming in two of those games.  

Bailey’s 2011 season saw him go perfect in save opportunities against the American East division. Well, he did blow one save to an AL East opponent last year. However, it was to Boston.  

If they would have gotten both Gonzalez and Bailey, the Sox would have had to give up a lot of their best prospects. However, with Gonzalez off the table, they can save their best prospects for a deal at the trade deadline while still being able to add a player they want.