THE OAKLAND Athletics traded All-Star closer Andrew Bailey and outfielder Ryan Sweeney to Boston yesterday for outfielder Josh Reddick and prospects Miles Head and Raul Alcantara.
In the deal, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine found a reliable ninth-inning guy to replace Jonathan Papelbon, who left for the Phillies as a free agent.
Bailey - the 2009 AL Rookie of the Year who made the All-Star team that season and again in 2010 - is from Haddon Heights, N.J. The righthander, 27, went 0-4 with a 3.24 ERA and 24 saves in 41 2/3 innings this year. He spent time on the disabled list for the second straight season.
In other baseball news:
* The New York Yankees say Alex Rodriguez is totally fine after having special treatment on his right knee and left shoulder in Germany earlier this month. Rodriguez, 36, had plasma-rich platelet injections following a recommendation from Kobe Bryant. Also, the Yankees reached agreement with former Red Sox reliever Hideki Okajima, 37, as a nonroster invitee to spring training.
Former University of Northern Iowa ticket office manager John Gogola was charged with theft after a state audit found more than $16,000 in transactions was diverted to his personal accounts.