Andrew Bailey and Ryan Sweeney have been traded to the Boston Red Sox, according to ESPN's Buster Olney. In exchange, the Red Sox gave up Josh Reddick and prospects Miles Head and Raul Alcantera.
Bailey was reportedly a target of the Red Sox after Jonathan Papelbon left the team and signed with the Philadelphia Phillies. Meanwhile, Sweeney gives the Red Sox depth in the outfield. Boston currently has two starting outfielders.
Bailey is a young closer who has pitched for the A's for the past three seasons, compiling a 7-10 record with a 2.07 ERA and 75 saves in 157 career appearances. Last season, Bailey went 0-4 with a 3.24 ERA and 24 saves in 42 appearances.
Sweeney is a six-year veteran who has played with the Chicago White Sox and the Athletics. Sweeney has a career .283 batting average with 14 home runs and 169 RBI. In 2011, Sweeney hit .265 with one home run and 25 RBI in 108 games.
Reddick has played in parts of three seasons with the Red Sox, batting .248 with 10 home runs and 37 RBI in 143 career games. Last season, Reddick played in 87 games with the Sox and hit .280 with seven home runs and 28 RBI.