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The Nomar Garciaparra angle. In 1997-98, he began his career by following a Rookie of the Year Award with a second-place finish in the MVP balloting. Is it just me or does this sound a lot like the Dustin Pedroia story?
The J.D. Drew angle. He signed a five-year, $55 million contract with the Dodgers, then opted out after the third season. Now he could be on the verge of a second world title in as many years. Look at it this way: He's their Manny.
The Derek Lowe angle. For all the attention heaped upon Pedro Martinez following the 2004 season, Lowe was the bigger loss. Now headed for free agency, he has a career 3.31 ERA in the postseason. Cha-ching.
The Joe Torre angle. So let's get this straight: The New York Yankees fired him because the team was getting complacent. Now Torre's back in the LCS and the Yankees missed the playoffs. Nice to see you again, Joe.
The Manny Ramirez angle. Are you kidding? It's the best story in baseball right now. The Dodgers are happy about the trade. The Red Sox happy about the trade. How about a seven-game series to settle this once and for all?
Tony's Top 5
Best offseason moves in recent Red Sox history
Signing Johnny Damon From 2002-05, Damon averaged 149 games, 16 home runs, 115 runs and 25 steals. His OPS was .803. Rock solid.
Trading for Curt Schilling The piece that put the Red Sox over the top in 2004. Most guys go to New York to win titles. Schilling came here.
Signing David Ortiz In 10 years, he's hit more homers than anybody but Albert Pujols, Adam Dunn or Alex Rodriguez. Jackpot.
Signing Manny Ramirez Find another $100 million free agent contract that lived up to this one. Anywhere. He was worth it.
Trading for Pedro Martinez Since he came in November 1997, only the Braves and Yankees have won more games.
Tony Massarotti is a Globe sportswriter and has been writing about sports in Boston for the last 19 years. A lifelong Bostonian, Massarotti graduated from Waltham High School and Tufts University. He was voted the Massachusetts Sportswriter of the Year by his peers in 2000 and 2008 and has been a finalist for the award on several other occasions. This blog won a 2008 EPpy award for "Best Sports Blog".
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