Sean McAdam is reporting it definitively.
After a late-inning dugout confrontation with manager Terry Francona Wednesday night forced their hand, the Red Sox designated outfielder Jay Payton for assignment yesterday and have a deal in place to send him to the Oakland A's for reliever Chad Bradford.
It's tough to lose Bradford. He's been a great warrior for us. But Payton, if his attitude is positive, should be a good fit with the A's. A's do need to carry another outfielder (they've been playing with fire) and it was especially important to find one who can competently play centerfield (and also the other two spots).
Given the current market, you'd figure Beane might be able to get back a player who is better overall for Bradford, but it probably would have been tough to find one who fit as well.