Last summer’s blockbuster trade that sent four Red Sox players – Josh Beckett, Nick Punto, Adrian Gonzalez, and Carl Crawford – to the Dodgers added to the number of former Red Sox players scattered across the major league baseball landscape. Here’s a look at where things stand for former Red Sox players who are still in the big leagues.
In July 2012, pitcher Matt Albers was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks and in December, he was traded again to the Cleveland Indians. He’ll have a spot in the Indians bullpen and was reunited with former Red Sox manager Terry Francona, who is now Cleveland’s skipper.
Albers played a total of 96 games for the Red Sox between 2011 and 2012 with 93 strikeouts.
Seven years after leaving Boston, pitcher Bronson Arroyo still continues to be a favorite in Cincinnati, where he’ll be a starter again in 2013. He was traded to the Reds in 2006 for outfielder Wily Mo Pena.
Arroyo came to the Red Sox in 2003 after being selected off waivers. Arroyo was partly responsible for a bench-clearing brawl between the Sox and the Yankees in 2004 when he hit Alex Rodriguez with a pitch. He played three seasons for the Red Sox.
Scott Atchison, 37, signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets and has a chance to make the major-league team. He became a free agent in December after having a rocky few seasons with the Red Sox.
He was acquired by the Sox on a one-year deal at the end of 2009 and pitched in 102 games between 2010 and 2011. In 2012, he was placed on the DL because of a torn elbow ligament. The Sox chose not to offer him a new deal after the season.
Shortstop and second baseman Mike Aviles announced in February that he agreed to a two-year, $6 million deal with a club option for 2015 with the Cleveland Indians after being traded from the Toronto Blue Jays.
Aviles came to the Sox in 2011 when the Royals traded him for a pitching prospect and a shortstop. Last season, he hit .250 with 13 home runs and 60 RBIs in 136 games for Boston.
In October, Aviles was part of a deal to get the Toronto Blue Jays to release manager John Farrell from the final year of his contract so Farrell could become the Red Sox manager.
At the end of 2012, left fielder Jason Bay signed a 1-year, $1 million deal with the Seattle Mariners, but had to spend spring training trying to claim a roster spot.
Bay, 34, had a solid run with the Red Sox in 2008-2009, but then his performance slowly declined. Bay was a highly sought free agent at the end of 2009 and signed with the New York Mets, but his good fortune ended there. He was out for much of 2010 with concussion-like symptoms and only hit four home runs during the three seasons he spent with New York.
Part of last summer’s blockbuster trade between the Red Sox and LA Dodgers, pitcher Josh Beckett is expected to make $31.5 million over the next two seasons. Last season, Beckett started seven games for the Dodgers and went 2-3 with a 2.93 ERA.
Traded to the Red Sox from the Florida Marlins on Thanksgiving 2005, Beckett pitched for Boston from 2006 to 2012. Beckett recorded his 1,000th career strikeout in 2008 and his 100th career win in 2009 with the Sox, and was the first Red Sox pitcher to hit a home run in 35 years. But he fell out of favor with fans in Boston in 2012 because of poor performance and his role in the previous season’s chicken and beer in the clubhouse scandal.
Pitcher Erik Bedard signed a minor league deal with the Houston Astros, but made the big-league team in spring training and will be Houston’s fifth starter.
Bedard only played eight games for the Red Sox in 2011 after being acquired at the trade deadline, and put up a 4.03 ERA. He became a free agent after the season and then signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates at the end of 2011 on a one-year, $4.5 million contract. He was the Pirates’ opening day starting pitcher last season, but was released in August.
In February 2013, outfielder Marlon Byrd signed a minor league deal with the Mets, but the 35-year-old will reportedly make the team as its starting right fielder.
Byrd had a brief stint with the Red Sox in 2012 when he was traded from the Chicago Cubs. He was designated for assignment in June, then released three days later. Thirteen days later, Byrd was suspended for 50 games after he tested positive for an illegal substance.
Pitcher Aaron Cook spent spring training with thePhillies, but was released on Tuesday.
Cook agreed to a minor-league deal with the Red Sox minor league in January 2012 that gave him an opt-out clause if he wasn’t called to the majors. Last May, on the day that Cook decided to use his opt-out clause, the Sox called him to replace injured Josh Beckett.
The righthander appeared in 18 games for the Red Sox in 2012 and went 4-11 with a 5.65 ERA.
Outfielder Carl Crawford was part of the blockbuster trade that sent him, Josh Beckett, Nick Punto, and Adrian Gonzalez, along with $11 million in cash, to the Los Angeles Dodgers in August. The trade came just two days after Crawford had Tommy John surgery.
In December 2010, Crawford signed a 7-year, $142 million contract with the Red Sox, but never lived up to expectations in Boston. In 130 games in 2011, he batted .255 withn 56 RBIs and 18 stolen bases. in 2012, he was frequently injured and played ony 31 games.
Coco Crisp will start his fourth season as the Oakland Athletics’ center fielder, and the team has a $7.5 million option on him for next season. He appeared in 120 games last season and bated .259 with 11 home runs and 46 RBIs.
After losing Johnny Damon to the Yankees in 2006, the Sox decided on Crisp to fill the void. Crisp stayed with the Sox until November 2008, when he was traded to the Kansas City Royals for pitcher Ramon Ramirez. However, his only season with the Royals was a rough one, as Crisp recorded a career low batting average of .228.
After signing with the Cleveland Indians in April 2012, center fielder Johnny Damon was released in August after being designated for assignment, and became a free agent for the 2013 season.
In 2006, Johnny Damon left the Red Sox and cut his hair for the Yankees after agreeing to a four-year, $52 million contract. Since then, Damon has also played for the Tampa Bay Rays.
Righthanded pitcher Manny Delcarmen signed a minor-league deal with the Baltimore Orioles in January.
Delcarmen, who is from Boston, began his career with the Red Sox when was drafted by the team in 2000, but made his debut with the Sox in the summer of 2005. He spent his time in Boston between the Sox and the Pawtucket minor league team and was eventually traded in 2010 to the Colorado Rockies.
Since 2010, he has also signed minor league contracts with the Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, and the New York Yankees.
Adrian Gonzalez, a four-time All-Star infielder, headed to Los Angeles in August 2012 when the Sox traded him in their blockbuster deal along with Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, and Nick Punto.
Gonzalez joined the Red Sox in December of 2010 when the Red Sox traded four players to San Diego for him. Gonzalez was productive in Boston, hitting 42 homers in two seasons, but never appeared comfortable. He was part of the team’s epic collapse in 2011, and his casual dismissal of the turn of events as being part of God’s plan rubbed many fans the wrong way.
During his first game with the Dodgers, Gonzalez hit a three-run home run and ended the season 36 games later with three homers and 22 RBIs. The Dodgers will pay him $127 million over the next six seasons.
Utility player Bill Hall signed a minor-league contract with the Anaheim Angels in January 2013, but was released in late March.
Hall was traded to the Red Sox in 2010 and made his debut when he closed the ninth inning in a May game, retiring the three batters he faced. Later that year, he signed a one-year deal with the Houston Astros, but was released in June of 2011. He also has played in the minor leagues for the Giants, Yankees, and Orioles.
First baseman Casey Kotchman will play for the Miami Marlins in 2013 after making the team out of spring training after signing a minor-league deal. He spent 2012 on a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians.
Kotchman spent half a year with the Red Sox, from July 2009 until January 2010, when he was traded to the Seattle Mariners. His time in Boston was brief but successful, and he became the third first baseman in MLB history (with a minimum of 108 games in a single season at the position) to record a perfect fielding percentage.
Utility player Brent Lillibridge is with the Chicago Cubs in 2013 on a minor-league contract .
Lillibridge only spent a month in Boston after being traded from the Chicago White Sox as part of the Kevin Youkilis deal on June 24, 2012, and he was designated for assignment on July 16. Eight days later, on July 24, the Red Sox traded Lillibridge to the Cleveland Indians.
James Loney signed a 1-year, $2 million deal with the Tampa Bay Rays at the end of 2012 and projects to be their starting first baseman in 2013.
Loney came to the Sox as part of the blockbuster deal that sent $11 million in cash and various players to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He played 30 games with the Red Sox and hit .230 before he became a free agent in October and opted to sign with Tampa Bay in December.
After playing half a year with the Yankees in 2012, pitcher Derek Lowe agreed to a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers in March. He is expected to be in the major-league team’s bullpen when the season opens.
Lowe played 376 games during the time he was with the Red Sox from 1998 to 2004, including the World Series winning, curse-reversing team of 2004. In 2005, Lowe agreed to a four-year contract with the LA Dodgers.
Utility player Jed Lowrie was traded from the Houston Astros to the Oakland Athletics in 2012 in a five-player deal, and reportedly has earned a spot on the A’s roster for 2013.
Lowrie was first called up from the minors to play for the Red Sox in 2008. He played 256 with the Sox between 2008 and 2011, although he missed many games with a hand injury and then mono.
In December 2011, before agreeing to arbitration, Lowrie signed a one-year deal with the Houston Astros.
Victor Martinez, the Tigers’ designated hitter in 2013, missed all of 2012 with a knee injury. He may also play catcher during interleague games, a position he played for much of his career.
In July of 2009, Martinez was traded from the Cleveland Indians to the Red Sox. He played in 183 games over two seasons with the Red Sox, batting .336 in 2009 and .302 in 2010.
Martinez became a free agent in November of 2010 and agreed to a four-year, $50 million contract with Detroit later that month.
Righthander Justin Masterson will be the Indians’ opening-day starting pitcher for the second straight season in 2013.
Masterson played 64 games for the Red Sox between 2008 and 2009 before being traded along with two minor league prospects to the Cleveland Indians for Victor Martinez. He pitched his first full shutout game against the Sox in July of 2009, giving up only two hits. At the end of the 2011 season, Masterson had surgery to repair a tear in his non-throwing shoulder, but threw eight innings of the Indians’ 16-inning opening day loss to the Blue Jays in 2012.
Righthanded pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka became a free agent at the end of the 2012 season and was picked up by the Cleveland Indians on a minor-league deal for 2013. He did not make the Indians’ big-league club out of spring training, but agreed to a new minor-league deal to stay with the club.
His first MLB spring training was in a Red Sox uniform in March 2007, which started his six-year career with Boston. In June of 2011, Matsuzaka underwent Tommy John surgery. He returned in 2012 but was ineffective, going 1-7 with an 8.28 ERA.
In January, outfielder Darnell McDonald signed a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs and is in spring camp as a non-roster invitee.
In June 2012, McDonald was designated for assignment by the Red Sox to make room for returning Josh Beckett, but days later, he was claimed off waivers by the New York Yankees.
He joined the Red Sox in April 2010 when the team needed a replacement because Jacoby Ellsbury was on the disabled list. He became the ninth player in the team’s history to hit a home run in his first at-bat with the Sox.
Pitcher Mark Melancon had a brief stint with the Red Sox, before being traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates with three others for Brock Holt and Joel Hanrahan. He figures to be in the Pirates’ bullpen in 2013.
He was only with the Red Sox a year after being traded from the Houston Astros in 2011, and he spent part of that season in the minors. In the 41 games that Melancon played with the Red Sox, he had an ERA of 6.20.
A lefthanded pitcher, Okajima is expected to start the 2013 season in the Oakland A’s minor-league system.
Okajima played 261 games for the Red Sox between 2007 and 2011, and then signed with the Yankees as a free agent in December of 2011 on a minor league contract. After failing his physical before spring training with the Yankees, he was released.
Okajima signed to a one-year contract with Japan’s Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks in February 2012, but was granted a release to return to the United States for 2013.
Relief pitcher Jonathan Papelbon agreed to a four-year deal with the Philadelphia Phillies in November 2011, and is projected to be their closer again in 2013.
Papelbon began his major-league career in Boston and spent seven seasons with the Red Sox. Papelbon closed the World Series-winning Game 4 against the Colorado Rockies in 2007, and recorded 229 saves for the Red Sox. Papelbon has apeared in 70 games for the Phillies and recorded 38 saves with a 2.44 ERA.
Carlos Pena, a first baseman and designated hitter, signed a one-year deal with the Houston Astros for 2013.
He played 18 games for the Red Sox in 2006, hitting one home run and driving in three runs. He signed with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2007 and stayed with the Rays until 2010, then played for the Chicago Cubs until 2012.
A versatile infielder and outfielder, Nick Punto was traded to the LA Dodgers as part of the blockbuster trade in August of 2012, and LA picked up his contract. Punto will make approximately $1.5 million with the Dodgers.
He played in 65 games for the Red Sox last season after signing as a free agent, hitting .200 withone homer and 10 RBIs .
Pitcher Brad Penny will spend 2013 in the San Francisco minor league system. He appeared in 22 major-league games for the Giants last season.
In 2009, Penny signed a one-year deal with the Red Sox. After his last five starts with the team ended in a 9.11 ERA, the Red Sox released Penny, who then signed with the San Francisco Giants.
After the 2009 season, Penny became a free agent and was picked up by the St. Louis Cardinals on a one-year deal. An oblique strain kept him on the bench for most of the season and in 2010, Penny changed teams again and headed to Detroit to play with the Tigers in 2011.
Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez will miss the first two months of the season because of a thumb injury.
Ramirez was a highly regarded prospect who played only two games for the Red Sox in 2005 before he was included in the trade that brought Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell to Boston from Miami.
Ramirez was traded to the Dodgers in 2012 after playing for the Marlins from 2005 to 2012.
Former Red Sox outfielder and designated hitter Manny Ramirez signed on to play with a team in Taiwan for 2013, the EDA Rhinos.
Ramirez played for the Red Sox from 2001-2008 and belted 274 home runs and led them to two World Series titles. He then played for the LA Dodgers, the Chicago White Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays before abruptly retiring after he was accused of violating the MLB performance-enhancing drug policy in 2011. It was his second violation – he was suspended 50 games in 2009 while with the Dodgers.
The former MLB star is set to make around $300,000 for the season with the EDA Rhinos.
Relief pitcher Ramon Ramirez signed a one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants for 2013, but was released on March 22 after a posting an 11.25 ERA during spring training.
Ramirez joined the Red Sox in 2009 when he was traded from the Kansas City Royals. Ramirez played 114 games between 2009-2010 until he was traded to the San Francisco Giants in 2010 at the trade deadline. Ramirez remained with the Giants until 2011, when he was traded to the Mets. In January 2012, he agreed to a one-year deal with the New York Mets for $2.65 million.
Outfielder Josh Reddick spent his first season as an everyday player with the Oakland A’s in 2012, and is projected as Oakland’s starting right fielder in 2013.
He was drafted by the Red Sox in 2006 but wasn’t called up from the minors until 2009. Reddick went back and forth between Pawtucket and Boston until 2011, when he was recalled in May and remained with Boston when a slot opened up on the 40-man active roster.
He was traded in December of that year to the Oakland Athletics with two minor league players when the Sox acquired Ryan Sweeney and Andrew Bailey. Reddick had a successful first season with Oakland and finished the year with 32 homers and 85 RBIs.
In December 2012, right fielder Cody Ross agreed to a three-year, $26 million deal with the Arizona Diamonbacks.
Ross played 130 games in 2012 for the Red Sox, and had 22 homers and 81 RBIs. He came to Boston from the San Francisco Giants, where he was a NLCS MVP in 2010, and signed a one-year contract at the beginning of 2012.
Second baseman Marco Scutaro’s 3-year, $20 million contract with the San Francisco Giants became official in early December 2012.
Scutaro played 263 games with Boston between 2010 and 2011 after agreeing to a two-year deal with the team at the end of 2009. With a mutual contract option built into his contract, Scutaro and the Sox exercised it before the 2012 season and in January, he was traded to the Colorado Rockies. He was traded to the Giants in July of 2012.
Catcher Kelly Shoppach finalized a 1-year, $1.5 million dollar deal with the Seattle Mariners in February.
Shoppach might have gotten his professional start in Boston, but his first season was a brief nine games. He had no hits and seven strikeouts in his only 15 at-bats. At the beginning of 2006, he was traded to the Cleveland Indian,s where he played four seasons. He also played a year for the Tampa Bay Rays before returning to the Red Sox on a one-year deal in December 2011.
In August 2012, Shoppach was traded to the New York Mets before his contract agreement with the Mariners in 2013.
Starting pitcher Kyle Weiland was traded to the Houston Astros in 2012 and was expected to be part of their starting rotation, but contracted a shoulder infection and had to undergo surgery.
Weiland played in seven games for the Red Sox in 2011 and had a 7.66 ERA.
Third baseman Kevin Youkilis became a free agent at the end of 2012, and then agreed to a one-year contract worth $12 million with the New York Yankees. He is expected to be the Yankees’ third baseman while Alex Rodriguez recovers from offseason hip surgery.
“Youk,’’ played 953 games in a Red Sox uniform from 2004 to 2012, when he was traded to the White Sox. During manager Bobby Valentine’s only season with the Sox, he and Youkilis did not see eye-to-eye and Valentine publicly questioned Youkilis’s abilities. When rookie third baseman Will Middlebrooks played well after being called up, the Red Sox traded Youkilis in the middle of the season, and even paid part of his remaining salary to seal the deal.