In response to Hfxsoxnut's comment:
In response to moonslav59's comment:
In response to Promise4you2's comment:
Can someone name one player (from the past) that we gave up top prospects for and it turned out long term? Yes I know of Beckett and that was good for one year. everyone here yearns to have those players back that we traded. Why not just play the kids and see if maybe Bradley is a better ball player?
1) We gave up Carl Pavano and Tony Armas Jr for Pedro Martinez.
2) We traded Casey Fossum, Brandon Lyon, and Jorge de la Rosa for Curt Schilling.
We don't win a ring in 2004 without either of these guys.
Good point, but here's the difference: Pedro, Schilling = stud hoss ace pitchers coming back.
So if we learn from Red Sox history, we learn that the only kind of player we should be trading top prospects for is an ace pitcher.
When's the last time we traded top prospects for a bat?
I can't even remember, so how do we know we have a bad track record when we've never tried?
I have always said that top pitching is our top prospect, so I too would rather trade for an ace than a big bat, but I don't see any aces dangling from trees the way Upton is right now. Pluck what you can get and go for the ace next winter.