With the 2013 MLB postseason getting started this week, there are more than a few former Red Sox players that will get a taste of October baseball outside of Boston. Here’s a rundown of some old friends the Red Sox may come across in the ALDS, ALCS, or World Series.
Season recap: Iglesias hit .303 on the year with three home runs and 29 RBIs, but his major strength is his fielding ability; in 2013 he turned incredible play after incredible play, making the impossible seem routine.
Red Sox ties: The former Boston shortstop of the future was unstoppable when he finally got a starting job in 2013, hitting well over .350 for most of his time up and winning the AL Rookie of the Month for June. He was traded to Detroit at the trade deadline in a three-team deal that landed the Red Sox Jake Peavy.
Season recap: Victor Martinez spent most of 2013 as designated hitter, hitting .301 with 14 home runs and 83 RBIs, a great turnaround after missing all of 2012 with a torn ACL.
Red Sox ties: Martinez was traded to Boston from Cleveland in 2009 in a deal that sent Justin Masterson to the Indians. The catcher played 183 games for the Red Sox in 2009-10, hitting .312 with 28 home runs and 120 RBIs. He signed with Detroit after leaving Boston as a free agent after the 2010 season.
Season recap: Sanchez went 14-8 with a 2.57 ERA for the Tigers in 2013. He struck out 202 batters in 29 starts on the season.
Red Sox ties: Sanchez did not spend any time with the big club in Boston, but he was a big part of a major Red Sox deal: he was traded to the Florida Marlins in 2005 along with Hanley Ramirez in exchange for Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell, two key members of the Red Sox 2007 World Series team.
Season recap: Jed Lowrie hit .290 in 2013 playing shortstop for the A’s, adding 15 home runs and 75 RBIs. He also played 154 games, being limited at times by a minor hamstring injury that kept him day-to-day at the end of the season.
Red Sox ties: Boston thought they had finally found the heir apparent to Nomar Garciaparra at shortstop in first-round draft pick Jed Lowrie, but his Red Sox career was constantly derailed by various injuries. Boston eventually gave up on him after 2011, trading him to Houston for Mark Melancon; he played 2012 with the Astros before being traded to the A’s prior to 2013.
Season recap: Josh Reddick had a down year compared to his breakout campaign in Oakland in 2012. He hit .226 with 12 home runs and 55 RBIs in 2013, seeing action in just 114 games due to a wrist injury that hampered him throughout the year.
Red Sox ties: Reddick was a top prospect of the Red Sox since drafting him in 2006. He played 143 games for Boston from 2009-11, mostly as a platoon outfielder. He was traded to Oakland before 2012 in a deal that brought Andrew Bailey to Boston and quickly took off for the A’s, hitting 32 home runs that season and won an AL Gold Glove for his play in right field.
Season recap: Moss played 145 games for the A’s in 2013, hitting .256 with 30 home runs and 87 RBIs. He also held an OBP of .337 and an OPS of .859.
Red Sox ties: Moss played 49 games for the Red Sox from 2007-08 before being traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates midway through 2008 as part of the three-team Manny Ramirez trade that brought Jason Bay to Boston.
Season recap: Coco Crisp had a surprising power surge in 2013, hitting 22 home runs, besting his previous career best of 16, which he set in 2005. He also hit .261 with 66 RBIs and an OPS of .779.
Red Sox ties: Crisp was traded to the Red Sox prior to 2006, playing three seasons with Boston and was a contributor on the 2007 World Series team. He hit .271 with 12 home runs, 137 RBIs, and 61 stolen bases in 368 games for the Red Sox.
Season recap: Colon was an All-Star in 2013, posting a 18-6 record with a 2.65 ERA in 30 starts for the A’s. He also struck out 117 and walked just 29 over the course of 190.1 innings.
Red Sox ties: Colon had a short stint with Boston in 2008, making seven starts and going 4-2 with a 3.92 ERA. He was granted free agency after he departed the Red Sox in September to return to the Dominican Republic and the Red Sox placed him on the suspended list.
Season recap: Mark Melancon had a resurgent 2013 season, proving to be a shutdown reliever for the Pirates and a capable closer for the time that Jason Grilli was on the disabled list. He posted an ERA of 1.39 with 70 strikeouts in 71 innings pitched and was named to the NL All-Star team.
Red Sox ties: Melancon was acquired by Boston prior to the 2012 season from Houston in exchange for Jed Lowrie. Hoping he would be a solid setup man for closer Andrew Bailey, Melancon never panned out for the Red Sox, pitching in 41 games with a dismal 6.20 ERA, eventually being sent down to the minors to work on his mechanics and mindset. He was later traded to Pittsburgh in December 2012 in a deal that brought Joel Hanrahan and Brock Holt to Boston.
Season recap: Byrd started the year with the New York Mets before being dealt to Pittsburgh in August. He played in 147 games on the year, hitting .291 with 24 home runs and 88 RBIs, finishing the year with an OPS of .847.
Red Sox ties: Byrd was traded to the Red Sox in April 2012 in a deal that sent Michael Bowden to the Chicago Cubs. He played 34 games and recorded 27 hits in 100 at bats for the Red Sox, also tallying one home run and seven RBIs. Byrd was designated for assignment in June 2012 and was released three days later.
Season recap: Adrian Gonzalez was a major factor in the Dodgers remarkable turnaround from being in last place in the NL West in late June to winning the division title less than three months later. Gonzalez hit .293 on the season with 22 home runs and 100 RBIs, as well as was named an NL All-Star.
Red Sox ties: Gonzalez was supposed to be the cornerstone of a Red Sox dynasty, signing a gigantic seven-year, $154 million contract before the 2011 season. He was well worth the money in first year, hitting .338 with 27 home runs and 117 RBIs, but tapered off in the latter two months of the year, being a key factor in the major Red Sox collapse of 2011. He put up pretty good numbers in 2012, but was the center of rumors that he didn’t like being in Boston and was bad for the clubhouse; he was traded to Los Angeles in the August megadeal that also included Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett.
Season recap: Crawford performed well when he got onto the field, hitting a respectable .283 in 116 games with 31 RBIs and 15 stolen bases. He was mostly pushed out of the lineup, however, due to the emergence of rookie sensation Yasiel Puig.
Red Sox recap: Arguably the worst free agent signing in Red Sox history, Crawford was inked to a seven-year, $142 million contract in the 2011 offseason, along with Adrian Gonzalez. Crawford’s time in Boston was a disaster, hitting just .255 with 104 strikeouts in 130 games for the Red Sox in 2011, holding a WAR of 0.0. He constantly criticized how he was treated by Boston fans and media; he missed most of 2012 with an injury and played just 31 games for the Red Sox that year before being traded to the Dodgers with Gonzalez and Josh Beckett. Even with his Red Sox career over, he has never missed an opportunity to continue to criticize everything Boston, stating that his time in Boston was some of the worst time of his life, and, when the Red Sox came to Los Angeles for a three game series in August, said he wanted to sweep the Red Sox “bad’’ (The Sox ended up taking two out of three games).
Season recap: Ramirez missed almost half of 2013 due to injury, but his return in June, along with the breakout of Yasiel Puig, helped propel the Dodgers on their incredible run to the NL West championship. He hit .345 with 20 home runs and 57 RBIs in 86 games for Los Angeles in 2013.
Red Sox ties: Ramirez was the shortstop of the future for the Red Sox, as he was rated as their top prospect in 2005 and looked primed to take over the middle infield in Boston immediately. Ramirez only ended up playing two games for the Red Sox, during a September call up in 2005, as he was the cornerstone to a major trade with the Florida Marlins in that offseason that landed the Sox Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell.
Season recap: Playing mostly as a utility infielder and pinch hitter, Punto saw action in 116 games in 2013, hitting .255 with 21 RBIs and an OBP of .328.
Red Sox ties: The forgotten player of the 2012 megadeal involving Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, and Josh Beckett, Punto signed with the Red Sox in December 2011 and was solid off the bench for the Red Sox in 65 games in 2012. He had 25 hits in 125 at bats with an OBP of .301, and, most notably, brought the tradition of removing a players jersey in celebration after said player had a walk off hit, one that the Red Sox have continued this season.
Season recap: After a tough 2012 season, James Loney regained his form in Tampa Bay that saw him star is Los Angeles. He hit .300 in 2013 with 13 home runs and 75 RBIs, his highest total since he tallied 88 in 2010. Loney also sported a .781 OPS.
Red Sox ties: Loney spent just over a month with the Red Sox in 2012, coming over in the August Red Sox-Dodgers megadeal to fill in at first base for the remainder of the season. In 30 games with Boston, Loney hit .230 in 100 at bats with two home runs and eight RBIs.
Season recap: Masterson was the Indians ace for the majority of the 2013 season, going 14-10 with a 3.45 ERA in 29 starts. He was limited towards the end of the season, however, by an oblique injury, and it looks like the Indians will use him in more of a bullpen role for the playoffs; he made four relief appearances un the final month of the year.
Red Sox ties: Masterson was drafted by the Red Sox in the second round in 2006 and was regarded as one of their top pitching prospects during his years in the Red Sox farm system. He saw action mostly as a reliever during his time with the big club from 2008-09, pitching in 67 games over that span, but did start 15 games for the Sox as well. Masterson was traded to the Indians in 2009 as a part of the trade that brought Victor Martinez to Boston.
Season recap: Albers pitched in 56 games for the Indians in 2013, going 3-1 with a 3.14 ERA in 63 innings pitched. He struck out 35 batters with 23 walks this season for Cleveland.
Red Sox ties: Signed as a free agent prior to the 2011 season, Albers pitched 104 innings in 96 games over the course of a year and a half with the Red Sox, striking out 93 and walking 46. He was traded to Arizona at the deadline in 2012 along with Scott Podsednik in exchange for Craig Breslow.
Season recap: Shoppach played just 36 games for the Mariners and Indians in 2013, recording 21 hits in 109 at bats with three home runs and nine RBIs.
Red Sox ties: Shoppach was taken by the Red Sox in the second round of the 2001 draft and finally made it to the big club in 2005, playing just nine games where he scored one run and recorded no hits, later being traded to Cleveland as part of the Coco Crisp deal. He was then reacquired by the Red Sox in 2012 and played 48 games, hitting .250 with five home runs and 17 RBIs. After being dealt to the Mets midseason, it was discovered that Shoppach may have been responsible for the text message that was sent to Red Sox ownership from Adrian Gonzalez’s phone regarding displeasure with Bobby Valentine’s management of the team.
Season recap: Aviles saw action in 124 games for the Indians in 2013, hitting .252 with nine home runs and 46 RBIs. He mostly played third base and shortstop, with a few games at second base and a handful at DH and in the outfield.
Red Sox ties: Aviles came to the Red Sox in a deadline trade in 2011 that sent two minor leaguers to Kansas City. Aviles hit .317 in 38 games for Boston down the stretch, and followed that up with a 2012 in which he played 136 games and hit .250 with 13 home runs and 60 RBIs. He was traded to the Blue Jays in October 2012 as compensation for John Farrell, and was subsequently dealt to Cleveland two weeks later.
Season recap: Hill pitched in 63 games for the Indians in 2013, working 38.2 innings while striking out 51 and walking 29. He held a 6.28 ERA, working mostly as a lefty specialist.
Red Sox ties: The Milton-native signed with the Red Sox as a free agent in June 2010 after starting the year with the St. Louis Cardinals. Hill spent three seasons in Boston, pitching 31.2 innings in 40 games, recording 36 strikeouts against 15 walks, allowing only four runs in that span. He signed with the Indians as a free agent prior to 2013.