For those hoping for a flurry of blockbuster moves on the day of the MLB non-waiver trade deadline, boy, did they get their money’s worth and more.
The Red Sox alone made four major trades that saw key components of the roster sent to different ball clubs, as Jon Lester, Jonny Gomes, John Lackey, Andrew Miller, and Stephen Drew had to pack up and clear out their lockers at Fenway Park.
Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes were the first to go on the day, as they were traded to the Oakland A’s in exchange for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. The Red Sox announced the trade as official at 12:30 p.m.
The next deal to be completed saw John Lackey traded to the St. Louis Cardinals, with the Sox announcing the deal just before 2 p.m. In return for Lackey, the Red Sox acquired outfielder/first baseman Allen Craig and righthanded starter Joe Kelly.
With less than an hour to go until the deadline, the Red Sox made two more moves, the first sending lefthanded reliever Andrew Miller to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez. The Sox officially announced the deal just before 3:30 p.m.
The last move was a real eye catcher, despite the fact it involved the player who has performed the least of any dealt on the day, as Stephen Drew was traded to the Yankees. It was the first trade between the two teams since 1997, when the Sox sent Mike Stanley to New York in exchange for Tony Armas Jr.
The Red Sox announced the Drew deal as official about 20 minutes after the 4 p.m. deadline passed.
With all of the trades the Red Sox made on Thursday, it is clear that GM Ben Cherington is not sitting around and hoping for this team to get better; he is looking toward the future and making sure the Red Sox will be able to get back into contention as soon as possible.