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Andrew Bailey Trade Reactions

Earlier today, the Oakland Athletics traded right-handed reliever Andrew Bailey, along with Ryan Sweeney, to the Boston Red Sox for outfielder Josh Reddick and prospects Miles Head and Raul Alcantara. Let's take a look at what baseball insiders had to say about this deal and what the evaluators can tell us about the prospects heading to Oakland:

  • ESPN's Keith Law (insider required) breaks down the deal for both sides, including profiles for the two prospects Miles Head and Raul Alcantara. Law isn't high on Miles Head, but believes the 19-year-old Alcantara can be a potential prize for the A's in this deal, perhaps even developing into a starter.
  • Over at Minor League Ball, John Sickels breaks down the prospects with analysis, ETA, and much more.
  • Baseball Prospectus' Kevin Goldstein likes the deal for both sides, and also believes the newly acquired prospects are both real. but isn't fine with Daniel Bard moving to the rotation. Now with Andrew Bailey and Mark Melancon in the bullpen, that could be where Bard ends up.
  • Jon Heyman of CBS Sports hears the A's were quite concerned about Bailey's elbow. Bailey hasn't pitched a full season since his rookie year (2009).
  • ESPN Boston's Joe McDonald write out a few of his own thoughts on the deal and what it could mean going forward.
  • Baseball America's Ben Badler tells us to watch for Alcantara; who was one of the best pitching prospects in the Gulf Coast League.
  • Last but not least, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal simply loves the deal for the Boston Red Sox if Bailey stays healthy.
  • Jane Lee of details the trade with quotes from A's assistant general manager David Forst and Andrew Bailey. More trades could be on the horizon for the A's, saying "there are still some players of interest."
  • Mike Newman of Scouting the Sally wrote a scouting report on prospect Miles Head.
  • Those are their reactions, what are yours? Is this a good deal for both sides long-term and short-term? Who won this deal?