5 Franchise-Changing Trades By Red Sox On Deadline Day

July 31, 2014 10:00 AM
5 Franchise-Changing Trades By Red Sox On Deadline Day
" BOSTON (CBS) — The countdown to 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon is on, and rumors are swirling around the Boston Red Sox.

Boston is usually involved in a few rumors this time of year, but not usually like this. Sitting in the basement of the AL East and with a handful of teams ahead of them in the Wild Card standings, the defending World Series champs are in sell mode. Jon Lester is the biggest name connected to rumors, with John Lackey, Andrew Miller, Stephen Drew and Jonny Gomes all on the sell list as well.

UPDATE: Lester and Gomes have been traded to the Oakland Athletics for left fielder Yoenis Cespedes.

Here are five of the biggest trades (and a few bonus deals) pulled off by the Red Sox on deadline day:

7/31/1997: Red Sox trade Healthcliff Slocumb to Mariners for Derek Lowe, Jason Varitek

Dan Duquette was the man who brought Pedro Martinez to town, and a few years later added Manny Ramirez to that mix. What he couldn’t bring was that long-awaited World Series title, but “The Duke” certainly made moves that helped that process come to fruition in 2004 "

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