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Tony's Top 5
Acquisitions of this trading deadline
Francisco Rodriguez, Brewers.. K-Rod's career comes full circle - from setup man to setup man. Solid move by Brewers to fortify back end of bullpen.
Carlos Beltran, Giants. Offense was an issue for the Giants - and that was true before they lost Buster Posey. With Beltran and that pitching staff, they could repeat.
Mike Adams and Koji Uehara, Rangers The names aren't sexy, but the Rangers just made a serious upgrade to a bullpen that ranked 11th in the AL in ERA. Look out.
Ubaldo Jimenez, Indians. Price was high, but the Indians were in position to pay it. With Jimenez, Indians are now a factor in the Central for years to come.div>
Hunter Pence, Phillies. The Phils get Jayson Werth's replacement for the stretch drive and beyond. If this doesn't scare you as a Red Sox follower, it should.
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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