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Andrew Bailey Trade Rumors: Boston Red Sox Reportedly Still Interested in Oakland A's Closer

As the Oakland Athletics continue to clean house, new reports have surfaced that the Boston Red Sox are still interested in closer Andrew Bailey, according to CSNBayArea.com.

A  report out of Boston made it seem like Athletics GM Billy Beane had a meeting with Red Sox brass during last week's Winter Meetings in Dallas, but nothing has come of it yet. Bailey, who came up through the A's farm system, would certainly be disheartened of he has dealt:

"If it happens, it wouldn't be too much of a shock," Bailey said. "Coming up in this organization, you understand we're a small-market team. Billy Beane and company build from within and trade guys when they're approaching arbitration years and free agency."

Bailey missed two months last year with a forearm strain and some elbow inflammation, although the 2009 AL Rookie of the Year and two-time All-Star still finished with 24 saves, including his last 15 opportunities, and still has plenty left in the tank. 

Bailey is a New Jersey native who spends his offseasons in New England outside of New Haven, Conn with his wife.

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