Trade Deadline History Lesson
We are closing in on trade deadline 2007, and all eyes in Red Sox Nation are on the General Manager's office, waiting to see what (if anything) Theo Epstein will do to improve this team's chances for a World Series run.
Everyone knows Theo made all the right moves in 2004, engineering a four-team deal that moved Nomar Garciaparra to Chicago and brought Orlando Cabrera and Doug Mientkiewicz to Boston (Dave Roberts came in a separate deal that day.
Last year, the Red Sox did not make any major moves at the July 31 deadline. The next day, Jason Varitek was placed on the D.L. and would miss more than a month with torn cartilage in his knee.
In 2005, the hot rumor was that Manny Ramirez would be traded, which never happened. That afternoon, with Jonathan Papelbon making his major league debut, Manny got the game-winning hit off Brad Radke in a win over the Minnesota Twins.
The 2004 trade of Nomar might have been the most glaring example of a "big deal" that sparked a team, but Epstein made key moves in 2003 to get the Sox within five outs of the World Series.
Over a series of trades, Epstein brought Scott Williamson and Scott Sauerbeck to Boston. (He also acquired Jeff Suppan from Pittsburgh, giving up future NL batting champ Freddy Sanchez.)
Williamson blossomed as the post-season closer, going 2-0 with three saves. As we all know by now, he was warmed up and ready to go in Game 7 of the ALCS in New York, but Grady Little opted to leave Pedro Martinez in the game just a little too long.
NESN producer Steve Garabedian, building a historical look at key Red Sox trades for our upcoming Trade Deadline Special (Tuesday at 3:30 pm), has put together this history lesson of other Sox deadline deals:
Interim GM Mike Port made headlines in 2002 with some trades that would impact the World Championship team of 2004. He acquired Alan Embree & Cliff Floyd in separate trades in late July. Embree was the lefthander bullpen specialist, while Floyd left the team as a free agent with the Red Sox receiving a compensation draft pick. The Sox drafted Matt Murton with that selection, who was involved in that Nomar trade in 2004. And Embree won game 6 of the 2003 ALCS.
The Dan Duquette era, that is from 1994-2002, was highlighted by some outstanding trades, and some not so good moves. In 1997, Red Sox closer Heathcliff Slocumb was a hot commodity, and Duquette dealt him to Seattle for Jason Varitek & Derek Lowe. Advantage: Red Sox.
Duquette acquired a closer in 1995 when he traded Frankie Rodriguez for Rick Aguilera, who saved 20 games for the Eastern Division winning Red Sox. A year later with the Sox being sellers, Duquette traded pitcher Jamie Moyer to Seattle for reserve outfielder Darren Bragg. Moyer has since won 158 games and Bragg developed into a journeyman. Advantage: Seattle.
The Lou Gorman era from 1984 to 1993 is unfortunately tarnished by the infamous Jeff Bagwell trade which happened on August 31st, 1990. A Hall of Fame candidate for a 22 inning pitcher, advantage: Astros.
Gorman had the nerves of a riverboat gambler. In 1988, he acquired pitcher Mike Boddicker, who was an integral part of two Eastern Division titles, for two young players that would develop in the future in Brady Anderson & Curt Schilling. Advatange: Red Sox. He also acquired Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver from the White Sox for Steve “Psycho” Lyons in 1986. Seaver solidified the pitching staff of the team that would be one strike away from ending the Curse.
Other noteworthy trades prior to 1986 include General Manager Dick O’Connell’s acquisitions in pennant winning years of 1975 & 1967. Before 1986 the trade deadline was on June 15th, making it more difficult to determine the sellers and buyers. But O’Connell was still able to acquire second baseman Denny Doyle, who sparked the Red Sox in ’75, and in ‘67 he traded for pitcher Gary Bell, who went on to win 12 games for the Impossible Dream team.