Target: Andrew Bailey, RHP
Type of move: Trade
2012 stats: 1-1, 6 saves, 7.04 ERA in just 15 1/3 innings
Bailey was awful last season for the Boston Red Sox, as evidenced by his lofty ERA, but he also wasn't right in his few innings and missed much of the year with injury trouble. But before that, Bailey was one of the league's top closers and is still young at just 29. In 2009, he was the AL Rookie of the Year for the Oakland A's after tossing up a 1.84 ERA and 26 saves. In 2010, his ERA was 1.47 and he had 25 saves. In 2011, he had 24 saves with an inflated ERA of 3.24 before heading to Boston prior to the 2012 season. This spring, Bailey has struggled a bit, giving up 10 hits in 8 2/3 innings and is in line to be one of a couple of set-up men for the Red Sox for new closer Joel Hanrahan.
Around these parts, Bailey might be most well-known for his awesome commercial he made with Nelson Cruz, which led to the birth of the "Boomstick."
Bailey could be a nice addition for the Rangers, who are lacking in proven bullpen arms but if they are confident newly signed Joakim Soria can be back from his Tommy John rehab by May, as expected, it might not be worth making a deal for a high-profile guy like Bailey.