Wednesday, June 6, 2018

How Nomar Garciaparra Turned Into Chris Sale And Brock Holt (And 3 Rings)

Sale; Garciaparra
As we navigate through the 2018 MLB Draft, an interesting article by's Gemma Kaneko illustrates how important just one pick can be. Once the Red Sox drafted Nomar Garciaparra with the 12th overall pick in 1994, it set off a "chain reaction" that led to three World Series Championships and both Chris Sale and Brock Holt. How, you ask? Well, the short answer is: Nomar was traded for Orlando Cabrera; Cabrera became Jacoby Ellsbury (as a compensation pick for Cabrera's free agency); Ellsbury became Michael Kopech (as a compensation pick for Ellsbury's free agency); Kopech was traded as part of the package to get Chris Sale. As a corollary, a second compensation pick for Ellsbury's departure was Jed Lowrie—who was involved in a deal that eventually resulted in Brock Holt. And, of course, overarching all of this was the collection of World Series rings in 2004, 2007 and 2013. So, there you have it: Nomar = three rings, Sale and Holt. Thank you, Mr. Dan Duquette!