Nine Best Trades The Boston Red Sox Have Made

Nine Best Trades The Boston Red Sox Have Made

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The Boston Red Sox were wheeling and dealing at Thursday's MLB Trade Deadline, trading seven regulars for the likes of Yoenis Cespedes, Allen Craig and Joe Kelly, among others. It will take time to see whether or not these deals were for better or worse. Here's some deals we will compare the dealings of Jon Lester, John Lackey and Andrew Miller to if they lead to success.

9. Coco Crisp Via Cleveland Indians, January 2006

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9. Coco Crisp Via Cleveland Indians, January 2006

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No, the Coco era in Boston wasn't what people envisioned it as when the Sox acquired him in a seven-player deal in 2006, but it wasn't all bad, either. Crisp played a big role in the Red Sox World Series run in 2007, highlighted by recording the final out in Game 7 of the ALCS against his former team. Meanwhile, it cleansed the Red Sox of one of then-prospect Andy Marte, who went on to be one of the biggest busts in recent memory.

8. Manny Ramirez To Los Angeles Dodgers, July 2008

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8. Manny Ramirez To Los Angeles Dodgers, July 2008

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While Jason Bay -- the Sox biggest return of the deal -- was very good in his year-plus in Boston, this was all about addition-by-subtraction in getting Manny out of the clubhouse. His act had grown old, and was beginning to become poison in the clubhouse. From shoving 60-year-old clubhouse secretaries to quitting on the team, enough was enough.

7. Dave Roberts Via Los Angeles Dodgers, July 2007

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7. Dave Roberts Via Los Angeles Dodgers, July 2004

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At the time, it was a low-profile deal, a trade that sent minor leaguer Henri Stanley to the Los Angeles Dodgers. That quickly changed in a matter 90 feet in October, when Roberts had a pivotal steal in the ninth inning of Game 4 of the ALCS, setting up the game-tying run that set up the win that set up the greatest comeback in baseball history that set up the Sox first title in 86 years.

6. Curt Schilling Via Arizona Diamondbacks, November 2003

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6. Curt Schilling Via Arizona Diamondbacks, November 2003

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Coming to Boston in a five-player deal that had Mike Goss, Casey Fossum, Brandon Lyon and Jorge De La Rosa leaving the Red Sox organization, Schilling proved to be one of the major pieces of the puzzle in the Sox 2004 championship squad. Serving as the ace of the staff in the regular season (21-6, 3.26 ERA), he battled through the playoffs despite a bum ankle to help bring Boston its first championship in 86 years.

5. Derek Lowe/Jason Varitek Via Seattle Mariners, July 1997

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5. Derek Lowe/Jason Varitek Via Seattle Mariners, July 1997

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The ultimate case for trading for prospects. The Red Sox traded reliever Heathcliff Slocumb at the trade deadline in 1997 for prospects Derek Lowe and Jason Varitek. Little did we know at the time that Varitek would go onto become one of the most beloved Red Sox ever while Lowe would win 70 games and save 85 in eight years in Boston and get the winning decision in all three series-clinching games in the 2004 World Series run.

4. Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez and Nick Punto to Los Angeles Dodgers, August 2012

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4. Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez and Nick Punto to Los Angeles Dodgers, August 2012

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While Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster are the lone players from the deal still in the organization, the move was simply a massive salary dump. It enabled the Red Sox to push the reset button, making the massive contracts to Crawford, Beckett and Gonzalez somebody else's problem. The date of the trade -- August 25, 2012 -- is the date many look back on as the unofficial start of the magical 2013 season that ended with a third title in 10 years.

3. Mike Lowell/Josh Beckett Via Florida Marlins, November 2005

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3. Mike Lowell/Josh Beckett Via Florida Marlins, November 2005

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The deal cost the Red Sox Anibal Sanchez and Hanley Ramirez -- two players who have gone on to have great major league careers -- but the return was more than adequate. Beckett and Lowell were arguably the two biggest pieces of the 2007 World Series run with Beckett as the ALCS MVP while Lowell was the World Series MVP. To top it off, throw-in Guillermo Mota was a big piece of the deal that brought Coco Crisp to Boston later that winter.

2. Pedro Martinez Via Montreal Expos, November 1997

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2. Pedro Martinez Via Montreal Expos, November 1997

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One of the bigger heists in baseball history. Pedro Martinez to the Red Sox in exchange for Tony Armas Jr. and Carl Pavano. Martinez went onto assemble one of the biggest runs of dominance by a pitcher in baseball history from 1998-2004, leading the Red Sox to the World Series in his final year in Boston.

1. Nomar Garciaparra To Chicago Cubs, July 2004

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1. Nomar Garciaparra To Chicago Cubs, July 2004

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It was the trade that 'needed to happen', as Terry Francona put it following the 2004 season. Trading Nomar lit a fire under the Red Sox, while bringing in shortstop Orlando Cabrera -- who had a fire of his own -- and the Sox never looked back from there.

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