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The Boston Red Sox tried to bolster their

struggling bullpen Wednesday, acquiring right-hander Chad

Bradford from the Oakland Athletics in a trade for outfielder

Jay Payton and cash considerations.


Bradford, on the disabled list since undergoing lower back

surgery last March 7, is expected to be activated before the

AL East leaders play the New York Yankees on Thursday night

at Fenway Park.


Four of Boston's relievers have ERAs of more than 6.00 and

two of those ? closer Keith Foulke and Matt Mantei ? are on

the disabled list.


Bradford has a 21-15 lifetime record with seven saves and

a 3.47 ERA for the A's. The sidearmer spent part or all of

the last four seasons with Oakland after playing the previous

three years with the Chicago White Sox.


Payton, who was upset with his backup role after an

offseason trade brought him from San Diego, was designated

for assignment last Thursday. He hit .263 with five homers

and 21 RBIs in 55 games for Boston.



Source: AP




With Oakland aquiring Payton does that mean Kotsay could soon be the next one dealt???

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Not sure if you're aware, but Kotsay and the A's just completed negotiations for a contract that will keep him in Oakland for the next few years. Apparently he made a bunch concessions to stay there, because he could have received more money elsewhere.

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