FREDDY ADU HEADED TO SPAIN
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MICHAEL REDD SIGNS WITH PHOENIX
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RED SOX DEAL FOR BAILEY
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It appears that Boston's finally found their closer for next season. The Red Sox sent a package of players to Oakland for 2-time all star and 2009 Rookie of the Year Andrew Bailey. Bailey has a 2.07 ERA in 157 career appearances and has averaged 25 saves a year in each of his first three seasons with the A's. Bailey is certainly an upgrade over recently acquired Mark Melancon allowing the former Astro to fill one of the setup roles in Boston's bullpen which he is better suited for. The move doesn't come without risks for the Sox though as Bailey does have a history of injuries having spent time on the DL in each of the last two seasons. There's also the question of whether or not he can handle the pressure of closing in Fenway. Boston also gets outfielder Ryan Sweeney in the deal, while Oakland gets Josh Reddick as well as minor leaguers Miles Head and Raul Alcantara. With Oakland losing outfielders David DeJesus and Josh Willingham this offseason and Coco Crisp expected to follow them out of town, the 24 year old Reddick will jump right into the lineup. The other two are still a ways away from contributing at the big league level. Head just wrapped up a season in A Ball where he hit .299 with 22 homers while Alcantara, just 19 years old, made 13 starts and posted a 2.20 ERA with 50 strikeouts in 65 1/3 innings in just his second professional season.
AIR FORCE FAIL
Remember a few years back with Boise State famously went for two instead of kicking the extra point to beat Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl? It was a gutsy move and it paid off in one of the most memorable bowl games in college football history. But here's the thing about that move. It made sense for Boise State, because Oklahoma was the better team, and it's unlikely they would have been able to keep pace with their offense. It is certainly not the percentage play most of the time.
Yesterday, Air Force found themselves in a similar situation. Down 42-41, extra point pending, and they decided to go for two. It didn't work out and Toledo won the Military Bowl as a result. Air Force Coach Troy Calhoun wasn't about to second guess himself after the game, but I am. The only time that play-call makes sense is if you think that's your best chance to win the game. I don't feel like this was the case last night and ultimately it cost Air Force the game. Gutsy call? Absolutely. Prudent? Not so much.
SUPERMAN TO THE RESCUE
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