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Tony's Top 5 best trades in Red Sox history

Posted by Tony Massarotti, Globe Staff  February 3, 2009 02:00 PM

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Tony's Top 5

Best trades in Red Sox history

5
Ted Cox, Bo Diaz, Mike Paxton and Rick Wise for Dennis Eckersley and Fred Kendall. Yes, Eckersley eventually fizzled in Boston, but for a time, he was an ace.
4
Nomar Garciaparra and Matt Murton for Orlando Cabrera and Doug Mientkiewicz. The trade that redefined Red Sox history. On paper, it doesn't look as important as it was.
3
Casey Fossum, Brandon Lyon, Jorge de la Rosa and Michael Goss for Curt Schilling. Schilling came to Boston to win a world title. He got two.
2
Heathcliff Slocumb for Jason Varitek and Derek Lowe. Since the deal, Varitek and Lowe have given the Sox 19 combined years of service. And counting.
1
Carl Pavano and Tony Armas Jr. for Pedro Martinez. During seven years in Boston, Martinez won two Cy Young Awards and a World Series. What a steal.

Tony's Top 5

Favorite blog entries

5
The final chapter on Teixeira and How Red Sox pitchers work the strike zone Jan. 7, 2009 and July 17, 2009. Some actual reporting – an obsession with Mark Teixeira and the art of pitching.
4
For 2011 Red Sox, there was plenty of blame to go around Oct. 1, 2011. The disgraceful collapse of the Red Sox stoked the fire in all of us.
3
Behind Garnett and James, Celtics and Heat are digging in June 4, 2012. Improbably, the Celtics pushed the Heat to the limit.
2
Thrill is back for Patriots Jan. 30, 2012. Another Super Bowl has even Bill Belichick musing.
1
You’ve got to believe June 15, 2011. On the morning of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, we all had reason to believe.
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Tony Massarotti is a Globe sportswriter and has been writing about sports in Boston for the last 19 years. A lifelong Bostonian, Massarotti graduated from Waltham High School and Tufts University. He was voted the Massachusetts Sportswriter of the Year by his peers in 2000 and 2008 and has been a finalist for the award on several other occasions. This blog won a 2008 EPpy award for "Best Sports Blog".

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