Saturday, July 29, 2017

Holes Were Filled

I recently worked out a pretty big trade for a bunch of stuff from my wantlist.  There is nothing exceptionally exciting here, but any time I can knock a bunch of stuff off of my wantlist, it is a good thing.

The theme for the post: trades.  A lot of these guys were involved in trades at one end of their tenure with Boston or the other.
1.  Curt Schilling.  Originally drafted by the Red Sox, Schilling was traded to the Orioles along with Brady Anderson for Mike Boddicker before he ever pitched a game in 1988.  He returned to Boston late in his career in 2004 in a trade with the Diamondbacks in which Boston sent Casey Fossum, Jorge De La Rosa, Brandon Lyon, and Michael Goss.  The first trade helped both teams, despite the frequent recent media depiction, the second trade was decidedly in Boston's favor.

2.  Manny Ramirez.  A free agent from the Indians when he was acquired by Boston, Manny was sent to the Dodgers in the 2008 season in a three team deal in which the Red Sox received Jason Bay from Pittsburgh and the Pirates received Brandon Moss and Craig Hansen from the Red Sox and Andy LaRoche and Bryan Morris from the Dodgers.  The Dodgers did the best with an otherworldly performance from Ramirez down the stretch, Bay played very well for Boston, and none of the Pirates players worked out well for them.

3.  Clay Buchholz.  Buchholz pitched most of his career with the Red Sox before being traded to the Phillies this last offseason for prospect Josh Tobias.  Buchholz struggled through two games with the Phillies before being shut down for the season with an injury.  Tobias is still in Double A.

4.  Clay Buchholz.

5.  Curt Schilling.

6.  Mark Wagner.  Wagner never made it to the Majors and was never involved in a trade.

7.  Stolmy Pimentel.  Pimentel was a prospect in the Red Sox system when he was traded to the Pirates along with Ivan DeJesus, Jerry Sands, and Mark Melancon for Joel Hanrahan and Brock Holt.  Melancon ended up being the best player in the deal.  Hanrahan was a bust for Boston, but Holt has been a decent, versatile player.  Pimentel has been mostly forgettable.

8.  Fred Lynn.  Boston was forced to trade Lynn to the Angels in 1980 along with Steve Renko for Frank Tanana, Joe Rudi, and Jim Dorsey.  Lynn was not quite the player he was with Boston, but did far and away better than anyone Boston received.  Rudi was near the end of his career, Tanana was ineffective in his one season, and Dorsey pitched just four games over two seasons.

9.  Luis Exposito.  Boston lost Exposito on waivers to the Orioles before he had a chance to play a game with Boston, despite the fact that he had been called up to the Majors briefly.
10.  Shannon Wilkerson.  Wilkerson never made it to the Majors, nor was he involved in any trades.

11.  Shannon Wilkerson.

12.  Josh Reddick.  A Red Sox draftee, Reddick was sent to the Oakland A's before the 2012 season along with Raul Alcantara and Miles Head for Andrew Bailey and Ryan Sweeney in a trade that did not work out at all for Boston.  Reddick has generally been a pretty good player.  Bailey was hurt often.

13.  Alex Wilson.  Another Red Sox draftee, Wilson was sent along with Gabe Speier and Yoenis Cespedes to Detroit for Rick Porcello.  Porcello has been up and down, but he did win the Cy Young Award for the Red Sox in 2016.  Cespedes did well in Detroit.

14.  J.D. Drew.  Drew was never involved in any trades involving the Red Sox.

15.  Kyle Weiland.  Weiland and Jed Lowrie were traded to the Astros for Mark Melancon.  That deal worked out considerably better for Houston, but not due to Weiland.

16.  Ryan Lavarnway.  A Red Sox draftee, Lavarnway eventually left as a minor league free agent.

17.  Sean Coyle.  Coyle was selected off waivers from the Red Sox by the Angels.

18.  Blake Swihart.  Swihart is still in the Red Sox system, working his way back from injuries.
19.  Kendrick Perkins.  Perkins was never involved in a trade with Boston.

20.  Dustin Pedroia.  Pedroia is a lifetime Red Sox player.  He will likely spend his entire career in Boston, I hope.

21.  Williams Jerez.  There has been a position change from outfield to pitcher, but Jerez has remained in the Red Sox system throughout his career thus far.

22.  Miles Head.  As mentioned before, Head was involved in the ill-fated Reddick for Bailey trade.

23.  Zach Good.  Good did not make it far in his Red Sox career.  He was released just two years after being drafted.

24.  Brandon Jacobs.  Jacobs was sent to the White Sox for southpaw reliever Matt Thornton during the 2013 season.  Thornton was not great for Boston, but Jacobs did not do much either.

25.  Bryce Brentz.  Brentz is still in the Red Sox system, and has had a couple of stints in Boston.

26.  Joseph Monge.  Monge is still in the Red Sox system.

27.  Jake Cosart.  The younger brother of Jared Cosart is still in the Red Sox system.
28.  Carlos Asuaje.  Asuaje was traded to the Padres with Javier Guerra, Manuel Margot, and Logan Allen for Craig Kimbrel.  Asuaje has played well in the Majors as a utility player.  Kimbrel has excelled with Boston.

29.  Manuel Margot.  Margot has struggled with the Padres since being included along with Asuaje.

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