Sox Swaps: A look back at past deadline deals
The Red Sox didn't pick up the relief help everyone felt they needed prior to today's MLB trade deadline, but they did swing trades for starter Nathan Eovaldi and second baseman Ian Kinsler this month. The organization is no stranger to the hectic nature of the trade deadline, and here's a look back at recent midseason swaps.
Eovaldi, who was acquired for lefty Jalen Beeks, gives Boston a proven starter while Eduardo Rodriguez and Steven Wright remain on the DL. Dave Dombrowski also addressed second base late Monday night, sending minor-leaguers Ty Buttery and Williams Jerez to the Angels for Kinsler. With Dustin Pedroia potentially out for the year and Eduardo Nunez shifting to third base while Rafael Devers is out, Kinsler provides stability on the right side of the infield.
THE PAYOFF: We shall see.
The Red Sox made a couple of deadline deals last season, addressing two holes for the stretch run. WithPedroia sidelined and an opening at second base, Boston shipped minor-leaguers Shaun Anderson and Gregory Santos in exchange for Eduardo Nunez, who hit .321 in 38 games down the stretch for the Sox. Five days later, Dombrowski addressed the bullpen by acquiring Addison Reed from the Mets for minor leaguers Gerson Bautista, Jamie Callahan and Stephen Nogosek.
THE PAYOFF: Nunez has been a valuable hand this year, what with the injuries to Dustin Pedroia and Rafael Devers, though a knee injury cut short his contributions at the end of last season. Reed pitched creditably in the last two months of last season (3.33 ERA in 27 innings) but wasn't retained and signed with the Twins as a free agent. The Sox did finish first, so . . .
The 2016 Red Sox had a very active month of July as the team chased a division title after two straight last-place finishes. Without a doubt, the biggest trade the Sox made was getting starter Drew Pomeranz from the Padres for top pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza. Boston also acquired infielder Aaron Hill from the Brewers in exchange for two minor-leaguers before swapping another two minor-leaguers in exchange for reliever Brad Ziegler from the Diamondbacks just two days later. The final trade Boston made before the deadline was a minor bullpen swap, getting lefty Fernando Abad for righty Pat Light.
THE PAYOFF: The Sox won the division and Ziegler (1.52 ERA) pitched well, though none of the others had much of a hand in the first-place finish. Pomeranz, though, would play a key role in the 2017 championship, compiling a 17-6 record with a 3.32 ERA.
A seven-game losing streak in the middle of July firmly established the 2015 Red Sox as deadline sellers. With most of their tradable assets already sold off, however, the most notable move Boston made was shipping outfielder Shane Victorino to the Angels for utilityman Josh Rutledge (pictured).
THE PAYOFF: Rutledge served as fill-in for 2 1/2 seasons. It was a decent return for Victorino, who would play in only 38 more big-league games.
Just a year after winning the team's eighth World Series championship, the Red Sox found themselves in the cellar of the American League East and sellers in July. GM Ben Cherington sent the team's ace, Jon Lester, as well as outfielder Jonny Gomes to the Athletics, opting for established outfielder Yoenis Cespedes as a return instead of young prospects. Cherington continued to trade away Boston's arms, trading John Lackey and a minor-leaguer to the Cardinals for Allen Craig and Joe Kelly, Andrew Miller to the Orioles for Eduardo Rodriguez, Jake Peavy to the Giants for Heath Hembree and another arm, and Felix Doubrount to the Cubs for Marco Hernandez. In a rare rivalry swap, Boston also sent infielder Stephen Drew to the Yankees for infielder Kelly Johnson.
THE PAYOFF: Kelly and Hembree remain pieces in the Sox bullpen four years later, so there's that. And they were able to get Rick Porcello for Cespedes. So, overall, this wasn't a bad deadline haul. On the other hand, what would their rotation have looked like anchored by Lester over the last four seasons?
Looking for another starter for the pennant race, Cherington pulled off a three-team trade and acquired Peavy from the White Sox in exchange for shortstop Jose Iglesias -- who went to the Tigers -- and three minor-leaguers. A couple of weeks prior, Boston sent minor-leaguer Brandon Jacobs to the White Sox for lefty specialist Matt Thornton.
THE PAYOFF: Even though he didn't do much in the postseason, Peavy went 4-1 in 10 starts in the last two months of the regular season and helped the Sox to their first A.L. East title since 2007 (which, even more importantly, got them into the dance, as Bill Parcells calls the playoffs . . . and the 2013 World Series banner will hang proudly forever). Depending on how much you value Iglesias, who's still at shortstop in Detroit, it seems like a fair exchange.