The Red Sox acquired Andrew Bailey last winter in one of Ben Cherington's first moves as general manager. At the time, Boston was trying to replace Jonathan Papelbon, and had to do so on the limited budget that Cherington inherited from his predecessor, Theo Epstein. This meant trading low-minors prospects and a major-league player in Josh Reddick in order to pry three seasons of Bailey from the A's.

Now that Boston is no longer stuck in that kind of financial situation thanks to the Nick Punto trade, things could be different. Or, at least, the Red Sox would like them to be different. Buster Olney:

Rival teams say that Red Sox open to dealing Andrew Bailey--but because his value is currently low, odds of them trading him are pretty low.

— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) November 27, 2012