Best and worst trade deadline deals in Red Sox history
The Red Sox have an important decision to make with the July 31 trade deadline rapidly approaching.
Will they continue to part ways with prospects to address their current needs? Will they opt to stand pat after dealing for starter Andrew Cashner earlier this month? Or, will they decide now is the time to sell and replenish their farm system?
If the Red Sox do make a move, it'll be interesting to see how it compares to some of their past deadline deals. They've nailed some of them, but also have seen some of their decisions in late-July come back to bite them.
Let's take a look back at some of the best and worst trade deadline deals in Red Sox history. .
July 31, 1997: Red Sox trade RHP Heathcliff Slocumb to Mariners for RHP Derek Lowe and C Jason Varitek
The best Red Sox trade came at the 1997 deadline when Boston dealt a mediocre reliever for its future captain and a key contributor to the pitching staff. Acquiring Varitek and Lowe from Seattle not only was the greatest steal in Sox history, but also one of the biggest in the history of MLB.
July 1, 2014: Red Sox trade LHP Rich Hill to Angels for cash
Giving up Hill didn't seem like a big deal at the time, but the 39-year-old has been great since Boston traded him for virtually nothing in 2014. The Red Sox acquired him again in 2015, but he appeared in only four games that season.
Hill went on to enjoy success with the Athletics and Dodgers and continues to produce at a high level.
July 31, 2004: Red Sox trade SS Nomar Garciaparra, LF Matt Murton to Cubs, receive SS Orlando Cabrera (from Cubs), 1B Doug Mientkiewicz (from Twins)
In a four-team deal that shocked the baseball world, the Red Sox parted ways with their superstar shortstop Nomar Garciaparra for Orlando Cabrera and Doug Mientkiewicz.
Although they gave up an icon in Nomar, the trade worked out for the best. Garciaparra never was the same player after leaving the Red Sox, and defensive wizards Cabrera and Mientkiewicz both played roles in reversing the curse and bringing a World Series trophy to Boston for the first time in 86 years.
July 31, 2007: Red Sox trade OF Engel Beltre, P Kason Gabbard, OF David Murphy to Rangers for RP Eric Gagne
The Red Sox thought they were acquiring one of the best closers in baseball when they traded for Erc Gagne at the 2007 deadline. Instead, Gagne went on to have by far the worst season of his career.
Gagne posted a 6.75 ERA in 20 appearances with Boston. While Beltre and Gabbard didn't amount to much, Murphy proved to be a consistent contributor in the Rangers' offense for years to come.
It all worked out in the end for the Red Sox, however, as they went on to win the 2007 World Series.
July 31, 2004: Red Sox trade OF Henri Stanley to Dodgers for OF Dave Roberts
You know the deal with this one. Stanley never panned out, and Roberts stole second in Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS and changed the course of Red Sox history.
July 31, 2014: Red Sox trade LHP Jon Lester, OF Jonny Gomes and cash to Athletics for OF Yoenis Cespedes
Boston parted ways with Jon Lester in the final year of his contract to acquire slugger Yoenis Cespedes, and that turned out to be a regrettable move.
Cespedes was less than stellar in his brief stint with the Red Sox, and Lester opted to sign with the Cubs over his former team in free agency.
July 30, 2013: Red Sox trade SS Jose Iglesias to Tigers, receive RHP Jake Peavy from White Sox in three-team deal
The Red Sox gave up a prized prospect and talented shortstop in Iglesias, but Peavy was a proven veteran arm that turned out to be a major contributor to their 2013 World Series run.
July 29, 1988: Red Sox trade OF Brady Anderson, RHP Curt Schilling to Orioles for RHP Mike Boddicker
The problem here wasn't Boddicker, who actually played well for the Red Sox during his three seasons in Boston. It was they gave up a Hall-of-Fame caliber arm in Schilling and a prospect in Anderson who blasted 50 homers and for the O's in 1996.
Boston made up for the blunder by re-acquiring Schilling in 2004, but it makes you wonder what could have been had he been a member of the Red Sox during his prime years.
August 30, 1990: Red Sox trade first baseman Jeff Bagwell to Astros for RHP Larry Andersen
The worst trade in Red Sox history didn't happen before the July 31 non-waiver deadline, but it still needs to be mentioned.
A year after drafting Bagwell, they sent the Boston native and future Hall-of-Famer to Houston for a 37-year-old reliever. This trade didn't seem like a big deal at the time as Bagwell was a so-so prospect and the Red Sox needed bullpen help, but the Astros legend went on to hit 449 career home runs with a .948 OPS. Andersen appeared in only 15 games with the Boston.
Hindsight is 20/20, but this is a tough one to look back on.