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Spring Position Battle For Closer On A’s Roster

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Pitcher Andrew Bailey of the Oakland A's. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Pitcher Andrew Bailey of the Oakland A’s. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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OAKLAND (CBS Sports) — One of the many players Oakland A’s manager Billy Beane got rid of this off-season was closer Andrew Bailey, who went to the Boston Red Sox for three players, leaving an opening at closer for 2012.

Brian Fuentes recorded 12 saves in Bailey’s spot last season, while Grant Balfour picked up two as well. Those two veterans should be seen as the favorites, but Fautino De Los Santos and Joey Devine could surprise. De Los Santos struck out 43 batters in 33 1/3 innings last season, while Devine impressed in his first action since Tommy John surgery.

READ MORE on the battle for spring roster positions in the AL West from CBS Sports.

(Copyright 2012 CBS Interactive. All rights reserved.)

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