Thursday, July 31, 2014
USA Today: Red Sox Won The Trade Deadline
Ben Cherington and the Red Sox were the real winners of this year's trade deadline transaction period. Giving up just one major league player under their control in 2015 (John Lackey), Boston immediately added three major league players that can help jump start the re-building process (Yoenis Cespedes, Joe Kelly, Allen Craig). Moreover, they added three high-level minor league pitchers (Edwin Escobar, Heath Hembree, Eduardo Rodriguez). This trio adds significantly to their already deep organization—full of players they can hold on to and develop or potentially flip for big prizes like Giancarlo Stanton. All in all, an excellent and bold day for BenCher.