Not all trades work out for the good, but...
looking through past Sox transactions and drafts, I can't help but notice how some trades just seem to keep on giving and giving...
The Nomar for Cabrera deal not only helped us win our ring in 2004, losing Cabrera to free agency after 2004 gave us the comp picks that ended up being Ellsbury and Lowrie. Ellsbury helped us win a ring in 07 and 13, then losing him to free agency allowed us to draft Michael Kopech with the 33rd pick. Lowrie was the big part of the trade that brought us Melancon. Melancon was the big part of the trade that brought us Holt.
The trade on July 31, 1997 that sent Slocumb to Seattle for Varitek and Lowe not only helped us win rings in 2004 and 2007, when Lowe left to free agency, we ended up getting Craig Hansen & Michael Bowden. Hansen was part of the Manny for Bay trade, and Bowden brought us Marlon Byrd. I wish we had kept Byrd, and Jason bay's departure to free agency brought us Brentz & Workman.
In a 2009 waiver wire deal, the Sox sent Cris Carter (Not that one) and Eddie Lora to the Mets for Billy Wagner. After Wagner left to free agency, we got Anthony Ranaudo with one of the comp picks (Vitek was the other).
Giving up Carl Pavano and Tony Armas Jr in 2007 for Pedro Martinez was certainly one of our all time best trades. Pedro gave fans many fine years, including what I believe to be the most dominating 7 years any starting pitcher has ever had when compared to his peers and his era, and a ring in 2004. However, his departure to free agency also brought us Clay Buccholz via a comp pick.
Some poster still complain about the trade of Masterson for 1.3 years of VMart, but VMart almost helped us get over the hump and win another ring, but honestly, I would not trade the comp picks we got for VMart for Masterson straight up: Henry Owens and Matt Barnes.
We didn't get Adrian Beltre via the trade route, but after getting one spectacular year from him at a relatively low cost, we ended up drafting Swihart and JBJ with the comp picks gained by his departure. And, who knows if Brian Johnson might outshine Papelbon's end of career numbers.
It's too early to tell on some of these deals, but I think it's interesting to see how deals made long ago can still be making an impact on our current team and the team that may be in the future someday.