The Twitter world is aflutter about the possibility of a trade involving the Reds acquiring Oakland closer Andrew Bailey. Multiple sources have tossed the rumor around in recent days with ESPN's Buster Olney being the most credible/prominent.
The former AL Rookie of the Year winner has made a mockery of opposing hitters since entering the league in 2009. Bailey, 27, has compiled a stingy career ERA of 2.07 and a career WHIP of 0.95 in 174 innings pitched over his first three seasons. Add this to the fact that he's still relatively cheap and remains under team control through 2014, and it's easy to see why teams in need of a closer are vying mightily for him.
But the A's aren't likely to part ways with their right-hander easily. Oakland is reportedly seeking a package involving Reds prospect Yonder Alonso in return for Bailey tweets Jim Bowden of MLB Network.
So should the Redlegs pull the trigger on this deal if indeed the proposal is true? Mark Sheldon of MLB.com gives a resounding NO to this potential trade in his latest blog entry and I for one agree with him.
Although I believe Bailey would be a great fit for the Reds and hitter-friendly Great American Ball Park (over two-thirds of his recorded outs come via strikeout or groundball), giving up Alonso to do so would be a reach in my opinion. As Sheldon and others around the club have aforementioned, the team has more dire needs than a closer at this point, namely another top-of-the-line starter to go alongside Johnny Cueto.
With that said, if GM Walt Jocketty can arrange a deal that doesn't involve shipping away one of the organization's top prospects for Bailey, I am all for it.