With the Red Sox trading away Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, and Nick Punto to the Los Angeles Dodgers, it marks one of the bigger deals in team history. While it is unknown what future that prospects Rubby De La Rosa, Allen Webster, Jerry Sack, and Ivan De Jesus - as well as veteran James Loney - will have with the Red Sox after coming back to Boston in the trade, the jettisoning of three former All Stars in Gonzalez, Crawford, and Beckett represents a major shakeup of the club.
Here is a look at some of the other deals from the team’s history that significantly changed the club - for better or for worse.
1920 - Babe Ruth sold to the Yankees for $100,000
No Sox fan needs to be reminded of this one. While not technically a trade, Red Sox owner Harry Frazee sold Ruth to the New York Yankees for $100,000 after the 1919 season. “The Curse of the Bambino” was born, as the Red Sox suffered through almost a century of futility before finally snapping an 86-year championship drought in 2004.
1976 - Cecil Cooper traded to the Brewers for George Scott and Bernie Carbo
When the Red Sox acquired veteran sluggers - and former Red Sox - George Scott and Bernie Carbo, they had to give up young slugger Cecil Cooper. Cooper went on to play a decade in Milwaukee, batting nearly .300 for his career and slugging 20 or more home runs in five different seasons.
1984 - Dennis Eckersley traded to the Cubs for Bill Buckner
The Red Sox traded Eckersely, a starting pitcher who at the time had been struggling in recent years, for first baseman Bill Buckner and utility infielder Mike Brumley. While Bucker was a solid performer for Boston, it was his costly error in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series that some fans blamed for the team eventually losing the World Series. It wasn’t until Eckersley was traded to the Oakland Athletics that his career was transformed. After being switched to a closing role, Eckersley flourished, recording 390 saves over his career and being regarded as one of the best relievers in baseball history.
1990 - Jeff Bagwell traded to the Astros for Larry Anderson
When the Red Sox were looking for a closer to help get them to the postseason in 1990, they decided on Houston reliever Larry Anderson. The price? Hot-hitting prospect Jeff Bagwell. Bagwell went on to play all 15 years of his Major League career in Houston, becoming one of the greatest Astros of all time. Anderson appeared in only 15 games with the Red Sox, recording only a single save during his tenure.
1997 - Red Sox acquire Derek Lowe and Jason Varitek for Heathcliff Slocumb
Generally regarded as one of the best deals the Red Sox ever made, Boston traded closer Heathcliff Slocumb in 1997 for two players who would serve as major contributors in the years to come - catcher Jason Varitek and pitcher Derek Lowe. Varitek would serve as the team’s primary catcher for more than a decade, as Lowe served as both closer and starter during his eight seasons with Boston. Both were part of the history-defining 2004 Red Sox team that broke the 86-year drought.
1997 - Red Sox acquire Pedro Martinez from the Montreal Expos for Carl Pavano and Tony Armas Jr.
While it was known that the small-market Expos would not be able to sign Pedro Martinez, who had just won the National League’s Cy Young award, to a long-term deal, the Red Sox sent prospects Carl Pavano and Tony Armas Jr. for the ace. Pedro ended up becoming a fan favorite, and one of the greatest pitchers to put on a Red Sox uniform. He won two Cy Young awards with the Red Sox and helped the 2004 team win the World Series.
2004 - Nomar Garciaparra traded, Red Sox receive Orlando Cabrera and Doug Mientkiewicz
The Red Sox pulled the trigger on a multi-team deal to send All Star shortstop Nomar Garciaparra, one of the team’s most popular players, to the Chicago Cubs. Boston received Los Angeles Angels shortstop Orlando Cabrera and Twins first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz in the deal. The rest is history - both players, especially Cabrera, helped lift the team to the 2004 World Series victory.
2008 - Manny Ramirez traded to the Dodgers
In another deal in which the Red Sox hoped would serve as an addition by subtraction, outfielder Manny Ramirez was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a three-team deal at the trading deadline in 2008. The Red Sox received left fielder Jason Bay from Pittsburgh in the deal. Bay would leave the Red Sox as free agent after the 2009 season.