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Grantland Writer Tracks How Far Back Transactions Originate From

Jemile Weeks fields a groundball, playing shortstop for the Boston Red Sox during the 2014 season. AP

Tom Mastny is a name that heralds little significance in the eyes of fans of MLB. He played three seasons with the Cleveland Indians before having his contract sold to the Yokohama BayStars of the Japanese Central League. So how does he relate to Red Sox utility infielder Jemile Weeks?

Well, Tom Mastny was originally drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays, and played some time in their minor league system. However, he was traded to Cleveland in a move that sent John McDonald, yes the same one that played for the Red Sox in 2013, to Toronto. McDonald, as a Blue Jay, was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks, along with Aaron Hill, for Kelly Johnson. Yes, it is the same Kelly Johnson that played for the Red Sox in the 2014 season. Johnson was traded by the Sox to the Orioles for Ivan DeJesus Jr. and Jemile Weeks.

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See how players who can be completely unrelated can somehow still be connected? Grantland’s Ben Lindbergh applied the same connection to every team in the majors, and tried to go back as far as he could, to players of very different eras. Whom did he follow for the Red Sox? Well, it ends with current Red Sox pitchers Brandon Workman and Anthony Ranuado, and makes it way back through players like Derek Lowe and Ken Ryan. Click here to find the full tree for the Red Sox and see how far back he could go with other teams.

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