4 of 5 Red Sox suspects nabbed as dust settles on trade action
Eric D. Schabell Contributing Writer
Now that the dust has settled on maybe one of the Red Sox most exciting closing days of the MLB trade deadline ever we wanted to take a look back at the results of our pre-deadline article "5 Red Sox suspects in trade deadline fire sale."
In this article we put the top 5 candidates for trade action together with an overview of the teams interested, what they might bring, and where possible why they wanted to be traded.
The results are in and we have scored four out of five with only one suspect left holding down the fort after all the rest drove out of Fenway Thursday afternoon towards their new homes in Baltimore, Saint Louis, Chicago, and Oakland.
At the start of the last week before the trade deadline Ben Cherington was quoted saying, "Anything we do between now and Thursday afternoon will be with a mind toward building as quickly as possible toward April of 2015," Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said. "That might mean doing very little, it might mean doing a bunch of stuff, it might be in-between. We're listening. We're gathering information as we have been for the last month or so. As we get closer to the deadline it starts to become more clear to what teams are the most motivated to add in different areas."
With that in mind, it looks like they have taken major steps to improve the Red Sox position going into the 2015 season, wouldn't you think?
The Red Sox are the first team in line to go from worst to first to worst in three consecutive seasons.
No, Red Sox, no previous team has gon from last to first back to last in three consecutive seasons
— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) July 31, 2014
Here are the results of five trades and one suspect left standing in the rubble.
Felix Doubront (Cubs)
He was the first to go, early in the week to the Cubs for a player to be named later.
It was a foregone conclusion after last week he made comments in the press about how much it sucks to be in the bullpen instead of a starter.
The player to be named from the Cubs to the Sox will be conferred after the Rule 5 draft.
— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) July 30, 2014
It was also reported that the Cubs position was that this was the last chance that Felix Doubront would have to get his act together.
Warning has been issued in Chicago, we are just glad to see him go.
The details will be releasing soon but this was a good deal for the Red Sox and it was sad to see them leave Fenway. It seems the Athletics are paying $650K of Cespedes' salary, but getting back $1.8 million from the Red Sox for Lester.
At least Lester got hugs from management on the way out of Fenway.
The tide has turned, they are gone and just a memory on the mound and in left field at Fenway.
Andrew Miller (Orioles)
Between all the other trades this one kept surfacing and then subsiding with the first hints pointing to the Tigers, Pirates, and Braves.
When that fell through in the last hour it looked like he might be staying, but at the last minute the deal came through that he was off to the Orioles for a left handed pitching prospect.
Just spoke to Andrew Miller at Fenway. Excited about the Orioles and "definitely" would consider return to #RedSox
— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) July 31, 2014
This was a painful loss for the Red Sox bullpen, with him dominating both left and right handed hitters all season.
Mike Carp (DFA?)
Last Saturday we got news that Mike Carp had requested a trade due to lack of playing time in his current role. He put in the request at the break and John Farrell confirmed that there have been discussions between him and Carp about his playing time.
This was the single suspect mentioned that did not get traded nor mentioned in any trade rumors all day.
Lesson learned for @MikeCarp37. Request a trade and we'll trade every single one of your teammates except for you
— Sox Lunch (@Soxlunch) July 31, 2014
Eric is a contributing writer since 2013 and a true Overseas Fan of the Boston Red Sox living in the Netherlands. He's spent years on baseball fields around the world pitching. His weekends are now spent helping the next generations of pitchers to find their passion and love for the sport. More articles by Eric: https://www.redsoxlife.com/search/label/ericschabell