When it comes to where Oakland Athletics closer Andrew Bailey will pitch next season, your guess is as good as, well, Andrew Bailey's.

"I don't really know anything in terms of if or when, or maybe the A's will hang on to me. I have no idea," Bailey, subject of trade rumors, said by phone yesterday. "It's kind of interesting to get dozens of phone calls — 'Are you going here or going there?' I try to tell anyone that I know as much as the average Joe does."

One thing seems almost certain: Bailey will be traded, and the Red Sox are a potential destination.

Bailey, 27, is eligible for arbitration for the first time. And after being named American League Rookie of the Year in 2009, earning two All-Star Game selections and recording 75 saves and a 2.07 ERA over the past three seasons, he's primed for a big raise after making $465,000 this year.