Back when the A’s made this move I hated it. Back in April when I graded the A’s offseason moves I still hated this trade (a little less though), grading it a C. At some point, I believe I even said we just trade Ryan Sweeney for Ryan Sweeney. I am now eating crow.
This is the trade that brought us (OF) Josh Reddick, (IF) Miles Head and (RHP) Raul Alcantara and sent (RHP) Andrew Bailey and (OF) Ryan Sweeney to the Boston Red Sox.
Josh Reddick is not Ryan Sweeney. In fact, Josh Reddick is the anti-Ryan Sweeney. Coming in to today, Reddick has played in 71 games for the A’s, he has a .266/.344/.522 slash line with a .866 OPS. Last season over 87 games he had 7 HR, this season he leads the team with 17. Most impressively, he has a 2.9 rWAR, which ranks 5th among position players in the AL.
Coming into the season, one of the biggest concerns for Reddick was his patience, or lack of, at the plate. His walk rate is up, taking walks 10% of the time, where last season he was only walking 6.8% of the time. Now that he is hitting for power more, his strikeouts went up from 18% to 22.7%.
Miles Head was the player I was originally most intrigued by. Originally drafted as a 3rd baseman by the Red Sox they converted him to 1st and the A’s have now converted him back to 3rd. Head’s biggest concern has always been his strikeouts, collecting 109 over 129 games in the minors last season.
Head started off the season in High-A Stockton and over 67 games he had a very impressive .382/.433/.715 slash line with an 1.149 OPS and 18 HR. Having started the season off so strongly, he was promoted to Double-A Midland on June, 21st. He has only started in 5 games for the RockHounds and currently has 4 hits in 18 AB with a double and a triple.
Raul Alcantara has started in 13 games for Single-A Burlington, he has a 4-6 record with a 5.05 ERA and 4.84 FIP. At the age of 19, he is still very young. So far this season he has a 4.77 SO/9 rate with a 3.41 BB/9 rate.
Andrew Bailey started the season on the DL for the Red Sox after having right thumb surgery in April. Bailey was not expected to return until after the All-Star break, but recently experienced a setback due to tightness in his arm.
Ryan Sweeney has started in 52 games for the Red Sox this season, during that time he has put up a .292/.330/.404 slash line with a .733 OPS and 0 HR with 13 RBI.
Sweeney was also placed on the DL on June 17th due to toe discomfort.
All I can really say is, I was really wrong about this trade. My grade is now an A+ and it’s not just because Bailey hasn’t played a game in the majors this season.