Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell
On Nov. 24, 2005, during general manager Theo Epstein's brief leave of absence from the Red Sox, the team picked up two players who played key roles in Boston's 2007 World Series championship. Beckett, a righthanded pitcher, and Lowell, a Gold Glove third baseman, were acquired along with reliever Guillermo Mota, but at a steep price. Boston's top prospect, shortstop Hanley Ramirez, was the key to the deal with the Florida Marlins. Pitchers Anibal Sanchez, Harvey Garcia and Jesus Delgado were also sent to Florida. Beckett was the MVP of the 2007 ALCS and Lowell was the MVP of the 2007 World Series.